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 Coolers, and 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!
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
- In a tall shaker filled with ice, combine all of the ingredients except for the garnish.
- 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.