Tonight’s roll was a vodka theme. I created a variation on the Cosmopolitan martini. I didn’t stay completely true to my roll, but I think I hit it close enough. I had just enough Hangar One Vodka to make this drink. I rolled Grand Marnier, but I prefer Cointreau for an orange liqueur. While both are orange liqueurs made in France with similar alcohol content, they also differ significantly. Cointreau is in the triple sec style and has both sweet and bitter oranges with less added sugar. Grand Marnier is made with Cognac and bitter oranges in a curaçao style. With more added sugar, Grand Marnier comes across sweeter and heavier.

I rolled a cherry which I chose to use as a main ingredient rather than as a garnish. I blended whole frozen cherries with sweet vermouth to make our juice. Vermouth is the background ingredient of many cocktails. Sweet vermouth is an aromatized white wine with more residual sugar than its dry counterpart. And, instead of the lemon juice, I used the lemon twist garnish. This drink was stirred, even though I blended the cherries with the sweet vermouth, and strained into a martini glass. While I cannot imagine I’ve created a completely unique cocktail, I cannot find an iteration on google, so I’m giving it a name.

Junior Prom recipe

cocktail dice
  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • 1/4 cup frozen cherries blended with 1/2 ounce of sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce of Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • 1/2 of a lime squeezed juice
  • dash of simple syrup
  • lemon twist
  • stir and strain into a martini glass

Enjoy your boozy cocktail of broken cherries!

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