This friendly and flirty cocktail is a classic for a reason.
Made with simple ingredients of vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime, the Cosmo gained popularity quickly.
The drink traveled from Provincetown, where one of the first versions came to life during the Gay Rights movement. And while there is a long debate over who actually created the first Cosmopolitan, it’s safe to say it’s a modern classic.
It’s no secret that Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City popularized the drink. Her signature cocktail was the stiletto-like glass, filled with the blush-pink drink. Regardless of where the drink originated or gained popularity, it’s a cocktail that’s on every bar menu and unashamedly one of the greatest drinks in history. The Cosmo revolutionized the cocktail culture as we know it.
The Cosmo became a drink that bartenders no longer wanted to mix up. They thought it has no flavor, and there were better ingredients to be used. Mixologists wanted to give a challenge when it came to taste, not just something sweet to sip on. The Cosmopolitan is finally making a comeback — whether that’s due to the Sex and the City reboot or simply consumers are, once again, appreciating its tart flavor.
Whatever the case is, if you are willing to take on this classic cocktail, here is our favorite recipe.
- 1 1/2 oz. Citron Vodka
- 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
- 1 oz. Cranberry Juice
- 1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Preparation: Add the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with either a lemon slice or lime wedge.