Lucky for me some of my oldest and dearest friends live very close by. Yet for some reason we still can't seem to get together as often as we'd like. Recently, I was thrilled to pop out for a quick dinner with two of my best high school girlfriends, especially when one presented me with my name in lights. It was a bottle of vodka flashing brightly with, "Happy Birthday Maureen" scrolling across the bottle, and the inspiration for this week's 10-minute happy hour.
After much oooing and ahhhing from around the dining room, I got to take a closer look. The brand was Medea vodka, a crystal clear pour from Holland that I had not heard of before. Embedded right into the bottle was a small LED screen that let's you program personalized messages. With a simple press of a button, it's sure to impress and excite any recipient. In cases like this, the gimmick is often enough for us not to care about what's actually in the bottle. But I like to have the complete package.
When it comes to judging vodka, it's mostly body, or mouthfeel (the way it feels when it slides across your tongue), that makes an impression. Unlike other spirits, we seek vodka without any discernable aromas or flavors and with a smooth body. The Medea delivered, making it the perfect pick for shaking up this week's 10-minute happy hour.
This week's White Cosmo cocktail is a delicious spin on the classic, using St. Germain Elderflower liqueur, and swaps the regular cranberry juice with white cranberry juice. Make this week's happy hour your excuse to phone an old friend and get together to raise a glass for an adventurous happy hour in no time.
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White Cosmo Cocktail
Makes 1 cocktail
St. Germain elderflower liqueur
white cranberry juice
lime juice, freshly squeezed (See note)
Lime wedge or twist for garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the vodka, St. Germain, cranberry juice, and lime juice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lime twist or wedge.
If you prefer your drinks lemony instead of with lime you may substitute freshly squeezed lemon juice here and change the garnish to a lemon twist.
Maureen C. Petrosky writes what she knows, food, booze and parties. Author of The Wine Club, she appears regularly on The TODAY show to share her vices, and advice with the world. For more info check out www.maureenpetrosky.com or follow her on twitter @maureenpetrosky
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