Drink of the Week: Sweet Berry Cosmo

This week’s winning cocktail is reminiscent of warm, summer days and the sweet, fruity cocktails that so perfectly complement them. It serves as a brief escape from the dismal winter atmosphere and a reminder that Memorial Day looms just 19 weeks away. The “Sweet Berry Cosmo” hails from Rio Station and is a light but potent refresher made with fresh mixed berry puree. Stolichnaya Raspberry Vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, and the puree are shaken over ice and then masterfully poured into a martini glass to create this “sweet berry” concoction. The glass is finished with a strawberry sugar rim and an orange slice garnish. For those who enjoy this sweet dessert cosmo, Rio bartender Blake also recommends the Black & White Chocolate Martini available on the bar’s Martini Menu. The Black & White is made with Sobieski Vanilla and Dark and White Chocolate Godiva Liqueur and is garnished with a swirl of chocolate syrup. This fabulously indulgent choice is a great treat after a rough work day.

Sample these exceptional cocktails for yourself at the Rio Station’s Happy Hour daily from 4-7 pm or Fridays from 4-9 pm. Be sure to inquire about the options on their award-winning wine list while there. Need some food with that beverage? For a limited time only, take advantage of the Rio’s Winter Wine & Dine deal, featuring two entrees for just $25 Sunday through Wednesday from 4 to 9 pm.

By Megan Kummer