After learning that the Cosmopolitan cocktail, a supposed 'ally' of the weight watcher, was in fact more foe than friend, I set about the task of creating a much less sinful, yet equally indulgent alternative. The skosmopolitan contains barely half the calories of your standard Cosmo, and if you ask me . . . tastes just as good. By my calculations this baby will set you back around 75 calories per serving.
Since we've ditched the Cointreau in this cocktail, I would really recommend sourcing some citron vodka. Having said that, you can use regular, but you might want to up the orange extract. Speaking of which, this ingredient is kind of crucial – don’t be tempted to use orange zest or flavouring. The Dr Oetker brand is available at most decent supermarkets, and does the job nicely.
There can be a notable calorific difference between light and diet cranberry juice, depending on which brand you use. If you can, check the back, anything under 10 kcal per 100ml is a good benchmark.
Finally, it's all about the presentation, darling – don’t be tempted to use a wine glass – you won't feel anywhere near as indulgent, or, well, Cosmopolitan. Bottoms up.
Hey thanks Lozfoxxx. You can use regular vodka, but I find the citron so much more subtle with flavoured. I have made a few batches where I got a little trigger happy with the extract, and completely took the 'smoothness' away from the whole thing. You can try experimenting too with cranberry, raspberry, peach vodka etc. Remember to watch your measures though, as of course, this will bump up the calories (and your headache!) lol. - 14 Feb 2011
Used different ingredients. Used regular vodka but increased the orange extract. - 14 Feb 2011
Great recipe, just like the real thing but with half the cals.... hey does this mean I can have double? lol. Didn't have citron vodka, so used regular and doubled the amount of orange extract - think it still acheived the desired effect. My only criticism was that I usually like mine a little stronger, perhaps 50ml of vodka instead of 35; but that was easily rectifiable Thanks! - 14 Feb 2011