No one has ever turned down my ruby red cosmo cocktail. No one!
Of course, I usually know the tastes of my guests so I wouldn’t offer this cocktail to someone who just drinks beer. See how that goes? Hehe! 😉
I’ve made these cosmos two different ways. If the number of imbibers is 4 and under, I like to squeeze fresh grapefruit for the drinkies. If it’s a bigger party, I use store bought ruby red grapefruit juice because I want to enjoy the party and not be slaving over a manual juicer half the night.
This cocktail is truly refreshing and so tasty that your guests will be asking for more, and more, and more!
On to the recipe:
The Ruby Red Cosmo Ingredients and the Mixing
We have ruby red grapefruit, vodka and Cointreau. That’s it.
I grab my shaker and fill it halfway with ice.
I pour out 2 ounces of vodka. Today I used Ketel One to shake things up a bit.
I pour it into the shaker.
Next up is the Cointreau. I still like using this delicious orange liqueur over triple sec, because you can truly taste the difference.
I pour out 1/2 an ounce.
Into the shaker it goes!
Now for the fun part: time to squeeze the grapefruit. Since I wanted to get 3 ounces of this luscious fruit juice for the cocktail but knew I needed to set half the grapefruit aside to slice for the garnish, I bought a BIG grapefruit to get the job done!
You never know how much juice a grapefruit will yield just by feeling it, which is another reason why I buy big ones when I’m making cocktails.
I cut this grapefruit in half and have Christopher squeeze it using our manual juicer. He’s a handy bloke to have around! He squeezed 1/2 of the grapefruit and it yielded extra juice. Yay for juicy, juicy fruit!! ?
I fill the measuring glass to 3 ounces and drink the rest of the juice right out of the juice receptacle. We cannot let that delish ruby redness go to waste. No sir!
I take the knife, cut a slice out of the other half of the grapefruit and set it aside.
I cap the shaker and shake it a good 10 times.
I then sprint to the freezer, take out a martini glass (Yes, I keep my cocktail glasses in the freezer! Doesn’t everyone?) and high-tail it back to the table.
Look at that frostiness!
I give the shaker a few more shakes just for good measure and pour the ruby red cosmo into the glass through the holes at the top of the shaker to strain out the ice cubes.
One of the reasons I shake cocktails so many times is I try to break off bits of the ice so little slivers go into the drink, even if you strain it. Nothing like little ice chips floating in your drink!
I place the grapefruit slice into the ruby red cosmo.
Here’s an aerial view.
Here’s the finished ruby red cosmo. Notice the shaker. It has left over liquid in there. I know there is a term for it, but I call it a sidecar to the drink. I know that the sidecar is a real drink recipe. But, for the life of me I can’t remember what this leftover drink is called. Do you? Leave me a comment to tell me what it is.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Let me know what you think if you make this tasty cocktail! And feel free to Pin any photo to Pinterest or Yum the recipe to Yummly!
And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!
- 2 ounces vodka I used Ketel One
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau
- 3 ounces ruby red grapefruit freshly squeezed
- Fill cocktail shaker 1/2 way with ice
- Add vodka
- Add Cointreau
- Add grapefruit juice
- Cap shaker and shake 10 times
- Get martini glass out of freezer
- Strain mixture in glass
- Ease slice of grapefruit in glass
- Sip some more
- Pour (sidecar) into glass