“It’s always cocktail hour in a crisis!” is Ina Garten’s motto during quarantine. The renowned chef took to Instagram this week to teach everyone who’s stuck inside during the COVID-19 pandemic how to make a cosmopolitan. Garten’s ingredients list is standard: good vodka, Triple Sec or Cointreau, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime. While fairly straightforward, the tutorial video garnered praise from celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, who dubbed the chef “unreal,” as well as other followers who are now feeling extra-inspired. “Not all heroes wear capes,” one person commented. Craving the refreshing drink? You don’t have to stop at the shaker. Here are three modern ways to upgrade Garten’s classic concoction.
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Stay Hydrated While You Sip
Camille Becerra’s hibiscus-, watermelon-, and rosemary-infused water recipe would make for a thirst-quenching base. Steeping the flowers takes around 30 minutes, but once that’s done you’re free to make it your own with lime and vodka.
Elevate It With Sculptural Cubes
Disco Cubes founder Leslie Kirchhoff’s “pearls of wisdom” ice spheres look radiant in a martini glass. She makes the forms by blending and freezing seasonal fruits and then placing them in silicone candy molds. Drop a handful in your cup for an impressive touch.
Add a Fizzy Kick
Bring on the tonic and (edible) glitter à la Kin Euphorics. The brand’s nonalcoholic Kin and Tonic recipe can be adapted to a cosmo with the right liquor. To amp up the texture of any cocktail, food stylist Callie Meyer suggests adding a layer of chia seeds (soak for roughly 20 minutes beforehand) at the bottom of the glass. It will give you instant health spa vibes, even if you’re stuck at home.