Today, I am posting two recipes I never thought I would here at Spirited Away– the Apple-tini and the Cosmopolitan. It’s not April Fools, is it? Definitely not…. but I am feeling particularly inspired by the challenge proposed by Whitney from Tipicular Fixins, who asked cocktail bloggers to remake classic “Drinks of shame” as part of Mixology Monday. To get you up to speed, here’s the challenge:
“So, you’re a certified, mixologist, craft-tender, bar chef, or fine spirit enthusiast…now. But, there was a time when you only ordered Long Island Iced Tea. Or, maybe you always made the Jello shots for your frat? Perhaps you’re the reason that your local had an Island Oasis machine for so long? Rye & Ginger? Vodka Seven? Someone was ordering these things. Your street cred would be ruined if you ordered or (gasp) served one now, but don’t you miss it, just a little? Wouldn’t you love to have one more Jolly Rancher? A chance to drink a mudslide without shame? We all made questionable drink choices in our past, the popular drinks from 1970 to the year 2000 were a cheap, sugary mess. Now is the time to resurrect your favourite drink from the time before modern Mixology. Give a new life to the drink… maybe you need to use fresh ingredients, or you can try elevating the spirits. Make everything from scratch or remove an offending ingredient. Do whatever you can to bring back and legitimize a drink you used to love.”
A fun challenge, right? Regardless of where we are at now, I believe that all of us had horrible taste when we started drinking (and let’s be honest, some of us still probably do. That’s okay– keep reading to remedy that). I had such a good time with this challenge that I came up with two recipes– the Apple-tini Refined (my sincere attempt to remake an old standby) and the Urbanite (an unabashedly ironic and irreverent take on a Cosmopolitan using energy drinks).
The first drink up is the Apple-tini Refined. In its traditional form, the Apple-tini is an overly sweet, synthetic tasting concoction made with an over-reliance on vodka. For this iteration, I wanted to keep the apple flavor but to use a more natural tasting ingredient, apple brandy (also known as Calvados). Next, I added in Dolin dry vermouth. Appletinis tend to omit vermouth, but I believe this type of fortified wine is necessary for any true martini variation. As a tribute to the original “drink of shame,” I included a small amount of vodka. Finally, to add depth, I added 1/4 oz of Cointreau and 2 dashes of Boker’s bitters, in addition to 1/4 oz of simple syrup for a light sweetness. The result is a refreshing drink that you wouldn’t be embarrassed to order in a craft cocktail bar.
The Apple-tini Revisited
-2 oz Calvados
-3/4 oz dry vermouth (I used Dolin)
-1/4 oz Cointreau
-1/4 oz simple syrup
-1/4 oz vodka
-2 dashes of Boker’s bitters
Shake together ingredients with ice, and strain into a martini or coupe glass.
Today’s second cocktail is the Urbanite, a Cosmopolitan made out of special edition Red Bulls and cranberry-orange infused vodka. You read that right, a Red Bull Cosmopolitan. I could feign innocence and say I imbibed a bit too much while coming up with the recipe for the Apple-tini Refined, but in reality, I’ve been hoarding these Red Bulls for over a year waiting for a chance to break out this drink.
First off, let it be clear, I am not a Red Bull drinker, but I do love free samples. When the lovely Red Bull girls were handing out free samples, I immediately saw the specialty cranberry and lime flavors, and I knew I had to make an ironic and fantastically irreverent take on the classic Cosmopolitan. Normally, one combines vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, and Cointreau to get the ubiquitous “girly” drink known as the Cosmopolitan (or “Cosmo” for shorthand). But what if we could combine those flavors with the energy boosting properties of Red Bull? Nightclubs, take note.
-1 1/2 oz cranberry-orange infused vodka
-1/2 oz Cointreau
-5 oz “Red Edition” Cranberry-flavored Red Bull
-2 oz “Silver Edition” Lime-flavored Red Bull
Combine ingredients and stir. Strain into a martini glass. Get pumped up.
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