Everyone has pet peeves, and many of mine make little sense. I think that one however is very vital and is something we need to flush out of society completely. That being the restriction of certain beverages to certain genders.
Oh marketing firms are as much to blame as we are. We let them feed us this bile and dumb down our palettes. We let them tell us men can’t have a Cosmopolitan or anything fruit flavored, god forbid a man has a rose wine. They also sell the image that ladies drinking beer may not be feminine and ladies should never drink straight spirits.
These restrictions are crazy and have no basis in defining our gender or sexuality. Yet insecurity and public images continue to haunt bar patrons. As a disciple of all things alcohol I have often had to face a few sneers for enjoying and ordering drinks that don’t pass “manly” muster. Sometimes even by the bartender! If my drink is so weak and effeminate, why is it so much stronger than your light beer? Why does it have so much more flavor?
The truth is a bright pink well made Cosmo has much more power than canned light swill. It’s alive with citrus, tart cranberry, and refreshing flavor. It’s rather beautiful in its simplicity, and its one of the drinks that brought the cocktail back from its sickbed.
1 ½ oz Citrus Vodka
1 oz Cointreau
½ oz fresh lime juice
¾ oz cranberry juice
Garnish: Lime Wedge
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Some prefer up to 2 oz of cranberry and the amount largely depends on color. The Classic recipe calls for 1 or 2 dashes which is an asinine measurement that has no definitive amount. After much experimentation I found three fourths to one full ounce is the prime measurement. If you want more color I have heard some use as much as two and a half to three ounces which is overkill to me. If you’d like a nice twist I enjoy substituting the citrus vodka with good gin. Then again I always enjoy substituting vodka for gin.
So fellas next time you’re in a bar try that colorful fruity drink. Order a Flirtini or a Cosmo with pride, drinks don’t have a gender. Ladies don’t be afraid to try than single malt scotch or that Belgian ale, men like a woman with good taste. No matter what don’t let your gender prevent you from trying a new drink no matter the color or component.
You Get Hammered America!