Cocktail Bar: The Cosmopolitan
Come on in to the Cocktail Bar!
Every Friday we will be hosting the cocktail bar in The Kitchen, just in time for you to get your gladrags on…
First up, it stands to reason that the inaugural post for the Cocktail Bar is the humble Cosmopolitan.
The Cosmo is one of my favourite cocktails – citron vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice, it’s sweet and sharp at the same time.
The history of the beloved Cosmo is much in dispute, but TV show Sex and the City is widely credited with the cocktail’s popularity surge in the 1990s and early 2000s. Its official origins lie in 3 cocktail makers – John Caine, who brought the Cosmopolitan to San Francisco in the 1980s, and Toby Cecchini, whose internationally recognised version in Manhattan was based on a poor description of Cheryl Cook’s – but the drink itself is thought to have come in to being in the 1970s.
And it’s agonisingly simple to make!
- Large cocktail glass
- Cocktail shaker
- Ice cubes
- 40 ml Vodka Citron
- 15 ml Cointreau
- 15 ml Fresh lime juice
- 30 ml Cranberry juice
Fill the cocktail shaker with the ice and add all the ingredients at once. Shake well, and double strain it in to the cocktail glass – you don’t want any stray bits of ice or lime in your smooth, cool Cosmo!
The colour should be a bright pink-red – the colour of pink lemonade – with a slight froth around the edge.
To garnish, add a slice of lemon, lime or orange – the best garnish I saw was a slice of orange peel toasted quickly with a lighter and thrown in. As you took a sip, you got a blast of faintly burnt orange! Unfortunately I have yet to master the art of the floating garnish, so all the pictures are minus peel… if you ever learn how to make a garnish float, let me know!
Miranda: Why did we ever stop drinking these?
Carrie: Because everyone else started!
— Sex and the City, film, 2008