COSMO vs CAIPIRÃO – Decor and Dine


I’m a “Cosmo” Girl

Way before it became popular on Sex and the City

But I understand why it became their drink

It’s sexy.  Just look at it!

cosmopolitan drinkCosmopolitan Cocktail  (photo credit)

 Served in a cocktail glass, it exudes, elegance, flair and style.   Even the colour emanates pizazz!

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Wannabe “Sex and the City” Girls 

The last time I went out with the “girls”, I ordered a Cosmo and regrettably wore it home.  I’m a klutz…spiller…considered overzealous at times…you name it.  When I speak, my hands flail in the air like a madwoman.  I can’t help myself.  So what is a girl to do?  Order another one of course.  And this one I actually drank.

There are several ways to make a Cosmo but here is my favourite.  Enjoy.

Cosmo (Cosmopolitan Cocktail)


  • 1 oz (3 cl) Cranberry juice
  • 0.5 oz (1.5 cl) Lime juice
  • 0.5 oz (1.5 cl) Cointreau (liqueur, orange)
  • 1.25 oz (3.75 cl) Vodka
  • 1 Lime or lemon


  1. Have all ingredients, accessories and garnishes ready. Including a cocktail shaker.
  2. Pour the cointreau, cranberry juice, lime juice, and vodka into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  3. Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with lime wedge or lemon slice.
  5. If you're like me, I like my drink in a chilled glass for a cool effect. Simply chill the cocktail glass with ice beforehand, pour it out, and then pour the ingredients in the glass.
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Margaret is a “Caipirão” Girl

When she visited Portugal in 2009 she had her first Caipirão at a family wedding.  She was so impressed that she begged the bartender to show her how to make it.  She has never looked back!

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Margaret’s Caipirão recipe. Enjoy.

licor beirao

Margaret’s Ingredients:
  • 2 oz Licor Beirao
  • 1/2 sliced lime 
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (optional)
Recipe Instructions:
  1. Add sliced lime and sugar to an old-fashioned glass.
  2. Crush and pour the Licor Beirao into the glass.
  3. Add crushed ice and stir well.

Cosmo & Caipirão

 Whose drink is your favourite?  Leave us a comment.


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