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A Cosmopolitan Cocktail Perfect for Wine Lovers

Courtesy Bruce Cartwright, director of beverage operations, Voltaggio Brothers Steak House, MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD

Dreamed up at a luxury resort and casino complex just outside of Washington, D.C., this wine-spiked Cosmopolitan is bouncy and bright. A relatively light style of Riesling adds just enough backbone to stand out against two sweet liqueurs, the citrusy Aperol and floral St-Germain, and makes it a mouthwatering lead-in to a steak dinner.

“We wanted to keep the spirit of the cocktail, but evolve it a bit,” says Bruce Cartwright, the director of beverage operations at MGM National Harbor, which offers the drink at Voltaggio Brothers Steak House. “Adding a Kabinett Riesling to our Cosmo gives a touch of extra acidity, an underlying floral hint, cuts the alcohol a little and gives a greater depth of flavor.”


2 ounces Belvedere Vodka
1 ounce off-dry Riesling
¾ ounce Aperol
½ ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
½ ounce lemon juice
Orange peel, for garnish


Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, then strain into coupe glass. Garnish with orange peel.

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