Monday, July 8, 2013

Muskoka Strawberry & Cranberry Cosmopolitan

One of the loveliest ways to celebrate cocktail hour in Muskoka, is overlooking an azure blue lake while sitting on the dock as the sun is beginning to set, just as a gentle breeze skips across the water. The distant sound of a loon or a passing family of ducks makes it even more magical.

One 'quack' from Mom and the chicks get in formation! 

MacDonald keeping a watchful eye on a possible duck assault from the sea

This recipe for a Muskoka Strawberry & Cranberry Cosmo is one of my friend Chris's favourite cocktails, especially when it's garnished with two or three of Brookland Farm's sweet Ontario strawberries, and a lump or two of ice. 

Muskoka Strawberry Cosmopolitan
Serves 2

6 oz vodka
2 oz triple sec
Juice of 1/3 lime
1 oz pure cranberry juice, for desired colour
1 cup ice cubes
Fresh Ontario strawberries, for garnish

Shake vodka, triple sec, lime and cranberry juice vigorously in a shaker with ice. Strain into 2 martini glasses and garnish with some fresh Ontario strawberries. Serve ice cold with a plate of hot hors d'oeuvres.

NOTE: For a sweeter Cosmo, add more Triple Sec. For a pinker Cosmo, add more Cranberry juice.