Let’s face it, the Cosmo was sooooo last decade. Yet, weirdly enough, it still remains one of the most commonly ordered drinks at bars. I blame this partially on lack of bartender creativity combined with lack of knowledge on the consumer end.
Anyways…. I almost never drink vodka, partly because I think it’s a flavorless spirit that adds nothing but an alcoholic backbone to cocktails, but mostly because I am a gin girl. I recently found myself in possession of vodka, leftover from an evening of Bloody Beers with a fellow beer mixologist, and said what the hell, let’s use it. Since, naturally, I am a gin martini girl, the first vodka cocktail I could think of was the Cosmopolitan. Not typically a fan of the Cosmo, I took it upon myself to sex up the concoction with a beeralicious twist.
My first rule of thumb, when trying to redesign a cocktail to include beer, is to look for ways to substitute ingredients. Juices, sodas and sour mixes are often easily replaced with beer. Lucky for me, I’m not a fan of the sugary artificial cranberry juices that one finds in most stores… so nixing the cranberry juice from the Cosmo was a no-brainer. Unfortunately, sour cranberry beers are rare and not readily accessible, so executing a perfect substitution was not an option. Instead, I opted to swap out cran juice for a kriek — a spontaneously fermented sour ale brewed with cherries. Now trust me on this one, nothing beats switching out a non-alcoholic ingredient for an alcoholic one. (Am I right, or am I right?)
Continuing to veer away from an overly sweet cocktail, I opted to use orange bitters in lieu of triple sec. The result, I am quite proud of… even if it is a vodka cocktail. Now I could be wrong, but something tells me that if the ladies of Sex and the City had the chance, they would drink The Urbanite over the Cosmo any day!
- 1 1/2 oz Vodka (citrus is typical)
- 1 oz Kriek
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 2 dashes Orange bitters
- lime twist for garnish
Shake the vodka and lime juice, strain into a martini glass. Add the kriek, finish with two dashes of orange bitters and garnish with a lime twist.