When it is lake time, it’s always Cosmo time with my gal-pal Sandy. And when Sandy (who becomes Sandala after the first drink), makes her ultimate Cosmopolitan, you can be assured it will be a night of laughter, porch stories and memory-making.  So, as we begin to wind down another summer and place it in the books, I can’t not share this recipe – the ultimate Sip of the Month.  Cheers everyone!  And, cheers to YOUR best cosmo friends.


The Ultimate Cosmopolitan


2 cups (16 ounces) good vodka, such as Grey Goose or Finlandia
1 cup (8 ounces) Triple Sec or Cointreau
1 cup (8 ounces) bottled cranberry juice cocktail
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (3 limes)


If you have time, freeze the martini glasses ahead of time.  Pour the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice into a pitcher.  Fill a cocktail shaker 1/2 full with ice. Pour the cosmopolitan mixture into the cocktail shaker until it’s 3/4 full and shake for 30 seconds. Pour the mixture into the cold martini glasses and serve immediately.