Cocktail Friday: Tokyo Cosmo (and some news!)

by Tokyo Terrace on November 7, 2009

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The obsession has officially set in. The smell, taste and visual beauty of the yuzu fruit has its hold on me. After my previous cocktail Friday post featuring yuzu, I had to make just one more. I am also one of many girls who is obsessed with the TV show Sex and the City. The signature cocktail in the series, the cosmopolitan, became a hit among many women. I personally love the pretty pink color of cosmopolitans and the tangy sweetness from the cranberry juice. Tasty…

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This cocktail is my Tokyo-style variation on the traditional cosmopolitan. It has the same pink color, but a few more unique ingredients, including yuzu and pink peppercorns, that make it especially suited to its name, the Tokyo Cosmo.

The flavor of a Tokyo Cosmo is subtly sweet from the addition of raspberry preserves, which helps to enhance and balance the flavor of the sour yuzu juice. The addition of the pink peppercorns adds a hint of earthy, bright flavor to the finish, leaving a clean feel in the mouth rather than being overly sugary or syrupy. The pink peppercorns also make a beautiful and elegant garnish for this feisty little cocktail.

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In addition to developing a Sex and the City-worthy cocktail, a couple of really exciting things happened here at Tokyo Terrace this week. First, my blog post about Argentine Empanadas appeared on the homepage of Wordpress.com. This brought an overwhelming number of great comments, many of which brought tears to my eyes (hubs calls me “leaky”). Thank you to all of you who share your reactions to my stories and recipes. It means so much to read such heartfelt, genuine comments. The second piece of exciting news is that Tokyo Terrace was mentioned in an article on CNNgo.com! Thanks to Heidi from Aromas y Sabores for mentioning my blog at just the right moment on Twitter!
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I hope you also have reasons to celebrate this week! Celebrate the changing seasons, spending time with people you love, or just the coming weekend by whipping up a Tokyo Cosmo. Enjoy your weekend, my friends!

Tokyo Cosmo
makes 1 cocktail

1 tablespoon raspberry preserves
juice of 1 yuzu or 1/2 lemon
3 oz. sake (if you cannot find sake, use vodka)
1 oz. Cointreau or Grand Marnier
4 pink peppercorns, plus extra for garnish
ice

In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, mash and muddle the raspberry preserves, yuzu/lemon juice and pink peppercorns. Add the sake, Cointreau and ice. Cover the shaker and shake away until it is just too cold to hold any longer (always a perfect indicator you have shaken enough!)
Pour into a martini glass and garnish with zest from the yuzu (or lemon) and a few pink peppercorns. Kompai!

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  • http://www.MyLastBite.com/ mylastbite

    wow. looks gorgeous!!!

  • http://www.MyLastBite.com mylastbite

    wow. looks gorgeous!!!

  • http://www.ubervu.com/conversations/tokyoterrace.com/2009/11/07/cocktail-friday-tokyo-cosmo-and-some-news/ uberVU – social comments

    Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by tokyoterrace: New Yuzu cocktail! {Cocktail Friday: Tokyo Cosmo} http://bit.ly/1tvfVZ...

  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com/ Divina

    Triple WOW for this. I hope you can make this for me and drink this before my brother’s wedding tomorrow. I think I am more tense than he is. Congratulations on the mentions, you both deserve it and deserve it more.

  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com Divina

    Triple WOW for this. I hope you can make this for me and drink this before my brother’s wedding tomorrow. I think I am more tense than he is. Congratulations on the mentions, you both deserve it and deserve it more.

  • Aunt J in Hendersonville

    Pretty, tasty little ’sipper’. Happy, upbeat way to kick off the weekend! THUMBS WAY UP!

    And the ‘mentions’? I’ve been expecting this since Dougie the Fish!

  • Aunt J in Hendersonville

    Pretty, tasty little ’sipper’. Happy, upbeat way to kick off the weekend! THUMBS WAY UP!

    And the ‘mentions’? I’ve been expecting this since Dougie the Fish!

  • http://thescootabaker.blogspot.com/ The Scootabaker

    I love me a cosmo! I also love your flavor combinations. Sweet, tangy, and a bit of spice, that is truly a gourmet cocktail!

    And I’ve seen the Sex in the City movie about 5 times now. It was really something to live in New York while the show was still on air. I felt like such a cosmopolitan girl, even though at the time I was shy of legal drinking age.
    Who, by the way, do you consume these drinks with? Too girly for your hubby? Or is he man enough to throw a few back, pinky up?

    luv,
    heather

  • http://thescootabaker.blogspot.com The Scootabaker

    I love me a cosmo! I also love your flavor combinations. Sweet, tangy, and a bit of spice, that is truly a gourmet cocktail!

    And I’ve seen the Sex in the City movie about 5 times now. It was really something to live in New York while the show was still on air. I felt like such a cosmopolitan girl, even though at the time I was shy of legal drinking age.
    Who, by the way, do you consume these drinks with? Too girly for your hubby? Or is he man enough to throw a few back, pinky up?

    luv,
    heather

  • http://www.myfilipinokitchen.com/ kitchenero

    Please don’t stop posting alcohol in your blog. I need them!!!!!!

  • http://www.myfilipinokitchen.com/ kitchenero

    Please don’t stop posting alcohol in your blog. I need them!!!!!!

  • tokyoterrace

    mylastbite: Thanks!

  • tokyoterrace

    mylastbite: Thanks!

  • tokyoterrace

    Divina: I wish I could have made this for you! Maybe someday if you are in Tokyo I can make one for you :)

  • tokyoterrace

    Aunt J: Thanks so much! Oh Doug…I still think of him fondly ;) haha

  • tokyoterrace

    Divina: I wish I could have made this for you! Maybe someday if you are in Tokyo I can make one for you :)

  • tokyoterrace

    Aunt J: Thanks so much! Oh Doug…I still think of him fondly ;) haha

  • tokyoterrace

    Scootabaker: Yeah, the movie was pretty great- I really want to buy a copy of it because sometimes I just get this urge to see it again!

    Hubs isn’t too scared to drink stuff like this…with me anyway:) He’s also sweet enough to watch episodes of Sex and the City with me sometimes! I’ll have to look for the pinky thing though…haha!

  • tokyoterrace

    kitchenero: Deal!

  • tokyoterrace

    Scootabaker: Yeah, the movie was pretty great- I really want to buy a copy of it because sometimes I just get this urge to see it again!

    Hubs isn’t too scared to drink stuff like this…with me anyway:) He’s also sweet enough to watch episodes of Sex and the City with me sometimes! I’ll have to look for the pinky thing though…haha!

  • tokyoterrace

    kitchenero: Deal!

  • http://onefoodguy.blogspot.com/ Scott

    Congrats on your recent blog exposure; I can relate to the good feelings when you get “discovered” like that!

  • http://onefoodguy.blogspot.com Scott

    Congrats on your recent blog exposure; I can relate to the good feelings when you get “discovered” like that!

  • http://www.keepyourdietreal.com/ Corrine

    Congratulations on your empanada post! It was very authentic. I love these new photos. So clean and crisp. Makes me wish it were summer.

  • http://www.keepyourdietreal.com Corrine

    Congratulations on your empanada post! It was very authentic. I love these new photos. So clean and crisp. Makes me wish it were summer.

  • tokyoterrace

    Thank you! It was quite a surprise to get such a huge response. I love your blog- very beautiful food and photos! Thanks for stopping by today- I hope you’ll stay in touch!

  • tokyoterrace

    Thank you! It was quite a surprise to get such a huge response. I love your blog- very beautiful food and photos! Thanks for stopping by today- I hope you’ll stay in touch!

  • tokyoterrace

    Scott: It was such a surprise! All of these things (plus a few more) happened in just one week. I feel very lucky to have great supporters, like yourself, who have been there from the beginning. So thanks!

  • tokyoterrace

    Scott: It was such a surprise! All of these things (plus a few more) happened in just one week. I feel very lucky to have great supporters, like yourself, who have been there from the beginning. So thanks!

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com/ wasabi prime

    Congratulations on many fronts! This is a perfect, “cheers” worthy post! So happy to hear more people have discovered this wonderful, wonderful blog!!!!

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com wasabi prime

    Congratulations on many fronts! This is a perfect, “cheers” worthy post! So happy to hear more people have discovered this wonderful, wonderful blog!!!!

  • http://amazhang.wordpress.com/ Joy Zhang

    Congrats on the good news, you are definitely deserving with your talent!! It’s only 8 am over here but this cocktail looks so good I wish i had one RIGHT NOW. Great post and keep up the fantastic work :) !

  • http://amazhang.wordpress.com Joy Zhang

    Congrats on the good news, you are definitely deserving with your talent!! It’s only 8 am over here but this cocktail looks so good I wish i had one RIGHT NOW. Great post and keep up the fantastic work :) !

  • http://niccisniftyeats.com/ Nicci@NiftyEats

    I’m off tomorrow and this sounds so good! I must try this asap.

  • http://niccisniftyeats.com Nicci@NiftyEats

    I’m off tomorrow and this sounds so good! I must try this asap.

  • http://www.minnesotaimage.com/ Jenn

    Wow! This looks so good. Your photos are AMAZING!!! Really, they are! Is it Friday yet? I think I might need a cocktail Wednesday this week!

  • http://www.minnesotaimage.com Jenn

    Wow! This looks so good. Your photos are AMAZING!!! Really, they are! Is it Friday yet? I think I might need a cocktail Wednesday this week!

  • http://www.thatssoyummy.com/ ThatsSoYummy

    I showed this to my mom and she said she wanted one STAT, she just loves cosmos and said yours looked divine. LOL.

    They really do though! :-) Is it too early for a cocktail?1?

    -Natasha

  • http://www.thatssoyummy.com ThatsSoYummy

    I showed this to my mom and she said she wanted one STAT, she just loves cosmos and said yours looked divine. LOL.

    They really do though! :-) Is it too early for a cocktail?1?

    -Natasha

  • http://www.instructables.com/ Sarah

    Ok, this one you HAVE to enter in the contest! All of them would do soooo well. And with over 5 Million monthly uniques, that’s a lot of eyes on your beautiful projects. . .

    http://www.instructables.com/contest/cocktailsvsmocktails/

  • http://www.instructables.com Sarah

    Ok, this one you HAVE to enter in the contest! All of them would do soooo well. And with over 5 Million monthly uniques, that’s a lot of eyes on your beautiful projects. . .

    http://www.instructables.com/contest/cocktailsvsmocktails/

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