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Vodka and Vegetal: Cosmo Ideas?


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Vodka and Vegetal: Cosmo Ideas?

opinionatedchef | Jan 18, 2011 10:42 PM

maybe i should be posting this on another board, but i didn't see another. it appears that most posters are not much on mixed fruit drinks.

While I am a food and wine snob, I am not a spirits snob as, other than red wine and red wine sangria, I only drink cosmos and margaritas, never pure spirits, and only w/ dinner. Feel free to turn the snob on me, but it won't be any fun for you because i won't argue w/ you. Ice cold lime heavy is what I like all summer and whenever i eat latin or asian food(except sushi) or high citrus flavored dishes. I don't use a shaker; i don't strain it. i drink it w/ LOTS of ice in a highball glass.
unlike the pros, i make my cosmos in 'big' batches ,w/ measuring cups, and i keep a 1 liter container in the frig , which usually lasts me for 2-3 dinners , from 1 week to a month. Sitting doesn't seem to bother it.

after much experimenting, my standard cosmo is:
1/2 c. fresh lime juice 2parts
1/4 c. Patron citronge 1part
1/4 c. cranberry juice 1 part
1 1/2 c. sky citrus vodka or finlandia grapefruit vodka or absolut citron vodka 6 parts

inspired by a few cosmo versions i've had, i have done blueberry juice in place of cranberry, with added cucumber puree (i like texture, so i don't strain it). i like that alot.

i have also had cilantro muddled into a cosmo and liked it, but i prefer more cilantro flavor, so i puree a bunch and fill a container of it w/ vodka, and use some of that as part of the vodka in my master recipe.
(would the infusion be better if done in a closet rather than the frig?)

i'm wondering about other things i might try. I read another infused vodka thread and was intrigued about sliced ginger, and cardamom, as possible infusers. I guess "refreshing" is my guiding flavor profile. while i know that for straight spirits drinkers, my taste is already blasphemous, i do not like a lot of sweet in my cosmos or margs, and when i order them i usually have to ask for tons of lime wedges to doctor them, even when i request " alot of lime."

As to additions, i once tried green tea and didn't like it but also don't know if i should have infused it rather than simply adding it straight as i did. and i wonder about other teas- mango, blackberry, oolong...
I have a few special Perfect Purees in a freezer, and am wondering about passion fruit puree and litchee,,,

given the diatribe, could you share some good experiments? i do appreciate your help.

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