The ruby glow of this classic cocktail will add a beautiful look to your holiday parties.
By Michelle M. Winner
Bleu Restaurant Wine Bar is celebrating its fifth year anniversary of serving imaginative, always- fresh cuisine and superlative cocktails and craft beers in it’s comfortable restaurant in downtown Columbia, Missouri.
On the whole the food is truly terrific here in this walkable little town. They boast really good pizzas, and vegetarian options too. Where, Columbia ? Yes, Columbia. The little core of the city is home to great restaurants in part due to the concentration of healthcare and universities nearby and the cost of living and doing business is relatively reasonable so creative chefs flock here. In spring, summer and early fall, the open farmer’s market is a delight to wander and talk to produce and flower growers, soap makers, bee keepers, artisan bakers and vendors. You could literally create breakfast or a picnic lunch from the offerings. Back to Bleu, in celebration of this local culinary star, I am dusting off an old favorite the “Port Cosmo.” With its ruby color and cranberry juice, a perfect signature drink for your holiday parties.
- 2 ounces Orange Vodka
- 2 ounces sour mix
- 1 ounce ruby port
- 1 ounce Cranberry juice
- 1 orange slice for garnish
- To a shaker with ice, add the above ingredients and shake vigorously.
- Strain onto rocks in cocktail glass
- Garnish with the orange slice.
Michelle was born with a fork in her hand. As a culinary travel writer and confirmed foodophile she delights in the world-wide discovery of new flavor profiles, spices, salts and herbs. Based in one of the world's foodie meccas; Portland, Oregon, not far from "Pinot Noir Heaven" Michelle shares culinary travel and chef's recipes. Her photography has appeared in Saveur Magazine and she has contributed culinary travel articles to Forbes online, WSJ online, Business Insider, Condé Nast Digital Media, Islands magazine and many others. A confirmed globetrotter, she still keeps her bags packed and fork in hand (well . . . except through airport security.)