Latin Twist: The Caribbean Cosmopolitan


Let’s face it: snow, though it’s beautiful, gets old after a while. And I’m sure many of you are with me in the dreaming-of-sunny-warm-places mode. Well, mis amigos, if, like me, you can’t get to your dream destination at this moment, why not bring some of that tropical paradise to us right here at home? Bring on the Caribbean Cosmos!
Perfect for Valentine’s day—and beyond!

I made this drink on Buenos Días Nueva York on Wednesday morning (here we are, getting ready, below!) which was featured as the perfect Valentine’s Day cocktail!

And as I was making it, I remembered how much I love this drink — any day! The coconut-citrus-rasberry flavors of the Caribbean Cosmopolitan are curative; the rum, well, that helps, too! Seriously, as I said on the show, this drink is great because it looks gorgeous, and tastes fabulous! The original recipe comes from Calypso Coolersand the one I’m sharing here is a variation that I created because of the beauty of the blood orange. Have you tried them? Talk about luscious! And you can’t beat the color. Ah, one other thing: if you want to make a variation on this theme without the alcohol, simply use coconut water instead of rum, and a bit more orange juice (instead of the Cointreau), and a splash of seltzer, for fun! ¡Buen provecho! Enjoy!

Latin Twist: The Caribbean Cosmopolitan

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1

Latin Twist: The Caribbean Cosmopolitan

Caribbean Cosmopolitan from Calypso Coolers, by Arlen Gargagliano. Photo by Ellie Miller


  • Ice cubes
  • 2 ounces coconut rum
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed blood orange or orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • Splash cranberry or cran-raspberry juice
  • Raspberries or a lime slice for garnish


  1. In a tall shaker filled with ice, combine all of the ingredients except for the garnish.
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish, and serve!


To serve 2, simply double the recipe! You can also "make a batch" ahead of time and keep refrigerated.



About Author

Maybe it was the dinner parties my mom always threw—or the hours I spent prepping and cooking alongside her (and then on my own!). Or maybe it was array of fabulous dishes that my family sampled in New York City’s richly diverse restaurants, but I’ve loved creating, savoring, and sharing food for as long as I can remember. Living in Spain, and later in Peru, also greatly influenced my life. These years abroad taught me Spanish—and about living in different countries--but also introduced me to teaching English as a second language, which I’ve done—mostly in the US-- for the past 20-plus (yikes!) years. I’ve authored two cocktail/tapas books, Mambo Mixers and Calypso Coolers, coauthored more than 15 others (mostly food related!), and raised two children. Now I'm chef and owner of my own restaurant, Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe, New York. My message is the same, whether I'm teaching, writing, running the restaurant or being a regular guest on the Spanish-language network Telemundo (on the morning show, Buenos Días Nueva York!). My belief in food—and the power of food—is far reaching, and is married with another one: the power of stories. I’m sure that if we could all sit down and have meals together, sharing both tastes and tales, we’d have peace on earth. Enjoy!

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