A Cosmopolitan Cocktail Perfect for Wine Lovers

Cosmopolitan cocktail with wine
Photo by Penny De Los Santos

Courtesy Bruce Cartwright, director of beverage operations, Voltaggio Brothers Steak House, MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD

Dreamed up at a luxury resort and casino complex just outside of Washington, D.C., this wine-spiked Cosmopolitan is bouncy and bright. A relatively light style of Riesling adds just enough backbone to stand out against two sweet liqueurs, the citrusy Aperol and floral St-Germain, and makes it a mouthwatering lead-in to a steak dinner.

“We wanted to keep the spirit of the cocktail, but evolve it a bit,” says Bruce Cartwright, the director of beverage operations at MGM National Harbor, which offers the drink at Voltaggio Brothers Steak House. “Adding a Kabinett Riesling to our Cosmo gives a touch of extra acidity, an underlying floral hint, cuts the alcohol a little and gives a greater depth of flavor.”

A Classic Gimlet Cocktail with a Refreshing Cucumber Twist
  • 2 ounces Belvedere Vodka
  • 1 ounce off-dry Riesling
  • ¾ ounce Aperol
  • ½ ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • Orange peel, for garnish

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, then strain into coupe glass. Garnish with orange peel.

Published on August 3, 2019