So today I launched into Cosmo week on my calendar. I've never been interested very much in vodka-based martini glass drinks, though I love Sex and the City. Or just Sex. Or just Cities.

My usual rule is 2 drinks a day. Per Men's Health, and per keeping the calorie count down. Today I broke my rule. Four drinks. Oh, well, it's winter (almost). Who wants to be aware of what's going on, or not going on, outside?

Number 1 was the Cosmo recipe in my calendar for yesterday: equal parts citrus vodka (I'm using Tanqueray for all of these; it was on sale) and Cointreau, a little less lime juice (1 oz), and a couple splashes of cran juice (I have a bottle of cran-pom).

Ugh. This confirms my opinion that the author of my cocktail a day calendar enjoys sucking lemons evenings. This was so citrusy. Certainly not a drink that Sarah Jessica and the girls (and Kim) would sit around sipping while eying guys' butts.

Drink no. 2 was from Internet Cocktail Database, my no. 1 internet drink site: 1 1/2 oz citrus vodka, 1 oz triple sec, 1/2 oz lime juice, a couple splashes of cran. This was better than no. 1, but I thought the triple sec was weak; it didn't bring much flavor to the party.

A nap with a visiting border collie after these two, and then onto no. 3, my version of no. 2: 1 1/2 oz citrus vodka, 1 oz Cointreau, 1/2 oz Rose's lime juice, a couple splashes of cran-pom. This was my favorite of the day. Just enough citrus but not too much, and the Rose's brings some needed sweetness.

Last, another drink from my calendar: 2 oz citrus vodka, 1 oz cran, Cointreau, lime juice. It called for an ounce of lime juice, but I knew that would make me pucker up again, so I just used 1/2 oz (regular, not Rose's).

This one was OK, maybe still a tad tart. Rose's might have worked better. I could taste the lime, and I think the pom in the cran-pom made it just a little too bitter. I love cranberries in general and cran juice, so this one (with Rose's) would probably be the one I'd drink if out slumming with Miranda in the midst of the urban tempest.