I doubt many pizza joints that blast loud rock music boast drinks served in a martini glass — especially drinks as classy as the Basil Fizz.
The Cosmos is a small restaurant attached to Zoobie’s in Old Town. While the Cosmos and Zoobie’s each have their own vibe, both establishments share the same kitchen, bar and restrooms. The Cosmos is known for its wood-fired pizzas, wild sci-fi murals and non-stop “Star Trek” reruns. But I’ll remember it for its unique Basil Fizz.
The heart of the cocktail is cucumber and basil infused vodka. The taste of the plant and the herb were obvious from the first sip, but neither were overpowering. I immediately found the Basil Fizz to be delicious, which, to be honest, is not a trait I usually associate with martini glass drinks.
Accompanying the appealing flavor was the delightful tingle of club soda.
I find that sometimes adding soda can add bitterness to a drink. Not so with the Basil Fizz. St-Germain — a liqueur made from elderflowers — is one of the ingredients, and the extra sweetness cancelled any bitterness and an extra kick to the drink.
But the Basil Fizz was not too sweet, either. The inclusion of lemon juice produced a perfect balance. The finishing touch, a slice of fresh cucumber on the rim of the glass, added more class and more taste. (I quickly plopped mine into the concoction.) It tasted so good that I ordered a second one — even if it meant risking waiting in line for a chance to use the shared restroom.
The Cosmos 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday-Saturday; noon-10 p.m. Sunday 611 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing (517) 897-3563, thecosmoslansing.com