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Drink DuJour: Countrypolitan

Nashville’s answer to the Cosmo

As its name suggests, the easy-to-drink Cosmopolitan cocktail (vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, cranberry juice) is widely seen as a concoction best enjoyed in urban metropolises like New York City. But one bar in Nashville, TN has created a version more suited to country life.

“With the recent $15.5 million transformation of Union Station Hotel in October 2016, along with the transition Nashville has undergone to an ‘It City’ in the national spotlight, a new play on a classic cocktail felt like a natural fit,” says Pandora Elferdink, bartender at Carter’s in Union Station. “Taking something that everyone knows and that so many enjoy and putting a modern and local spin on it was a fun opportunity.”

Get the recipe for the bourbon-based version below.


1.5 oz. Belle Meade Bourbon
.5 oz. Fresh lime juice
.5 oz. Demerara syrup
.5 oz. Grand Marnier
Lime garnish  

Add first four ingredients to shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a well-chilled rocks glass. Express and garnish with lime.