I'm not ashamed to admit it: I love a good Cosmopolitan.
I like to order the sweeter, flirtier cousin to the Martini for when, you know, I don't want to end the night on the floor. Sure, it still conjures images of Carrie Bradshaw traipsing around Manhattan — or the immature sorority girl trying way too hard to emulate her at a bar. But a Cosmo, the right Cosmo, can be playful and fun.
So imagine my intrigue when I spotted a gin-based Cosmo at the newly opened Adam's Eve Gastropub in Canton: the Bluecoat Continental Cosmo. Not only does the presence of small-batch Bluecoat gin immediately up the class factor, the remaining ingredients, including notes of blood orange, pomegranate and ginger, come together to create a spicy cool-weather treat.
The "Gastropub" is usually a paradox of unassuming; Adam's Eve is no exception here. The bar staff is friendly and casual, while the menu is a polished, inventive blend of food and drink. The cocktail menu, which general manager Dwight King calls "a growing, rotating collection," utilizes fresh and organic ingredients as well as homemade infusions. Be warned — try the first cocktail that jumps out at you and you may return to find it absent the next night. The Bluecoat Continental, however, seems to have staying power.