“I like to make a lot of Cosmos. You never know who’s going to stop by. Wait a minute—nobody’s stopping by.”

By Bridget Hallinan
April 01, 2020
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Last week, Ina Garten shared five tips for freezing food on her Instagram for the millions of people that have been forced to stay home due to the coronavirus pandemic. She’s also been posting recipes that make use of pantry staples, like weeknight bolognese, stewed tomatoes and lentils, and ramen chicken noodle soup. Today, however, she went the cocktail route, and broke down a classic drink in a video tutorial.

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“During these stressful times, it’s really important to keep traditions alive—my favorite tradition is the cocktail hour,” Garten says. 

In that spirit, she shows viewers how to make an enormous Cosmopolitan, explaining that the required ingredients are things you probably already have on hand. To start, she grabs a big pitcher. “I like to make a lot of Cosmos,” she says, “you never know who’s going to stop by. Wait a minute—nobody’s stopping by.”

Then, she pours in two cups of good vodka (in this case, Grey Goose) into the pitcher, followed by one cup of cointreau or triple sec (any kind of orange liqueur), one cup of cranberry juice cocktail, and a half cup of freshly squeezed lime juice—Garten emphasizes that the freshly squeezed part is very important. To mix all the ingredients together, you’ll need an equally large cocktail shaker, which Garten has prepared halfway-filled with ice. Pour the cocktail in, put the lid on, and shake it for 30 seconds.

Last, but not least, you need a good martini glass, and Garten pulls out a big one. She pours the drink right in, noting how nice and cold it is, before taking a sip. 

“Stay safe, have a very good time, and don’t forget the cocktails,” she signs off.

Later this year, you can expect a new cookbook from Garten, Modern Comfort Food, which will be released on October 27. It includes 85 new recipes, ranging from banana rum trifle and Boston cream pie to cheddar and chutney grilled cheese and smashed hamburgers with caramelized onions—Garten said in an Instagram post that the dishes are “seriously satisfying.” We’ll still have to wait a little while longer to check it out, but in the meantime, there are plenty of spring cookbook releases to get excited about.