RICHARD FRISBIE :: A Watercolour Cosmopolitan

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How do I make one, you ask . . .
I was recently surprised with a drink created especially for a party I was part of at the Marriott Suites Hotel on Sand Key in Clearwater Florida. We had just started our wine when the waiter brought us all a shimmering topaz-jewel of a drink in a martini glass. The beautiful blue creation was a takeoff on a traditional Cosmopolitan. It tasted like a blue popsicle and went down like Mother’s milk. In case you don’t know what a Cosmopolitan is:

Cosmopolitan Cocktail recipe:
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz cranberry juice

Shake all ingredients vigorously in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass, garnish with a lime wedge on the rim, and serve.

Watercolour Cosmopolitan
I like that the name of the drink I was served is a play on words. It is named for the restaurant we were seated in, the Watercolour Steakhouse and Grille, which, by the way, was just named “Best Steakhouse” by Tampa Bay Magazine. On top of that, the drink is also so beautiful that its picture could be done in watercolor. That is, if you could refrain from drinking it long enough to paint it! It looks, smells and tastes great! The Watercolour Cosmopolitan is now on their very impressive cocktail menu. I managed to pry the recipe out of Shaughn Riley, the Assistant Manager of Beverages, just so you could taste it for yourselves.

Watercolour Cosmopolitan recipe:
2 parts Gray Goose Vodka
1 part Blue Curacao
1 part Quantreau
Dash of lime juice
Fill with white cranberry juice.

Shake all ingredients vigorously in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass, garnish with a orange slice on the rim, and serve.

Theirs was originally garnished with a lemon wedge, but I think the color, shape and taste of the orange works better. Try it both ways and see what you think. Then have a third one just because they taste so good. But don’t be confused by the dessert-like taste, it packs quite a wallop! BTW – if you are making this for sale, think of it as an $18 dollar drink.

Visit Clearwater Florida
Watercolour Steakhouse and Grille at Marriott Suites

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