Courtesy Dan Rook, bartender, South Water Kitchen, Chicago
Love a good cover band? Here, a section of the drink menu is entitled “Covers,” house variations on classic cocktails, with names that reference songs. Enter this version of the 1990s classic Cosmopolitan, named for a 1994 song by Irish rock group The Cranberries. Compared to the classic cocktail, made with lemon-flavored vodka, this deconstructed Cosmo takes a lighter approach. It’s more like a cranberry-accented vodka martini. Don’t be intimidated by the cranberry-sage-honey syrup. Made the same way as simple syrup, any extra can be splashed into sparkling wine.
- 1 ounce Belvedere Vodka
- ½ ounce Cocchi Americano
- ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
- ¾ ounce cranberry-sage-honey syrup (recipe below)
- 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
- 1 dash Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain into a coupe glass.
- 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail
- 1 cup honey
- 2 sage leaves
In a saucepan, combine cranberry juice cocktail, honey and one sage leaf. Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat. Make sure the mixture doesn’t boil to avoid scorching the honey. Remove from heat, and add remaining sage leaf. Allow to cool completely. Strain with a fine mesh sieve and decant into a bottle. Refrigerated, it can be stored for up to 1 month.
Makes enough for several cocktails. Alternatively, you can purchase cranberry syrup, like those made by Monin or Toriani.