BEST COSMO Phoenix 2006 - Barcelona
Yeah, right, Sex and the City made them famous, but even before that, we found them to be tasty concoctions. Some self-described manly men have contended that you must be gay or a girly-girl to be seen in public holding one, but guys who say that are obviously uncomfortable with their sexuality. Cosmos are for everybody who enjoys a fine, sweet, large cocktail. If you are prone to martinis, you will obviously think they're too sugary. But for anybody who's enjoyed Cuba libre or even a Crown and Coke in his time, a cosmo's a big step up. We're saying: It contains a lot of vodka, dude! If you like 'em dry like we do, you put two ounces-plus of Grey Goose, three-quarters of an ounce of triple sec, the same amount of cranberry juice, and half an ounce of lime juice into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes, shake well, and pour into a martini glass. And Barcelona likes 'em like we do. But what sets Barcelona's cosmos above the rest is their extra-large size and the dry ice that's added for special pizzazz. You look like you're drinking some mad scientist's exotic concoction. The only problem at Barcelona is that it's so crowded on a weekend night that you're likely to spill the libation down some buxom babe's cleavage if you try to move across the club. And you sure don't want to spill much of an $11 drink, if you get our drift.