cosmopolitan

A PINK CLASSIC When it first appeared on the scene, breezing by on a tray or wielded by a celebrity, the Cosmopolitan's pink hue made it a head-turning temptation. Beyond its alluring color, however, connoisseurs recognize that a well-crafted Cosmopolitan, with its deft balance of tart, sweet and spirit, is a cousin of such venerable drinks as the Sidecar and the Margarita. Today, the Cosmopolitan has become a modern classic, rarely listed on cocktail menus simply because every respectable bartender knows how to mix one properly, using freshly squeezed lime juice and premium ingredients such as Grey Goose® vodka for a cocktail that tastes as good as it looks.

THE COSMOPOLITAN TODAY

Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist.

FRESH TAKES

Try these simple ways to take this classic cocktail in new directions.
  1. Top your Cosmo with an artisinal sparkling apple or pear cider.
  2. Add a barspoon of your favorite Italian bitter liqueur.
  3. Freeze the cranberry juice into ice cubes and use those to make the drink. Shake until you have the super slushy Cosmo.

HISTORY OF THE COSMOPOLITAN

1816 Captain Henry Hall of Massachusetts is the first to successfully cultivate cranberries, one of only three native American fruits grown commercially (the others being blueberries and concord grapes). Pilgrims named the fruit "cranberry," for its pink flower resembling a crane.

1886 A new family magazine, Cosmopolitan, makes its appearance in the United States. The publication later transforms into a literary magazine and then, in 1967, a women's magazine, with a focus on fashion and beauty.

1933 The book Pioneers of Mixing Gins at Elite Bars includes a drink recipe for a Cosmopolitan cocktail made with gin, triple sec, lemon juice and raspberry syrup. Coincidental or not, the cocktail shares similarities, with the modern drink. including its rosy pink color.

1965 The Ocean Spray cranberry cooperative runs print ads touting "America's newest cocktail creation, The Cape Codder," a combination of cranberry juice and vodka, served on the rocks or with soda, with an optional splash of lime. Also marketed as the Harpoon, the drink is an adaptation of The Red Devil, promoted in the company newsletter 20 years earlier.

1985 Tending bar in Miami's South Beach, Cheryl Cook is credited with inventing the Cosmopolitan cocktail, a combination of citrus vodka, triple sec, Rose's lime juice and cranberry juice, taking her naming inspiration for the pink-hued drink from the stylish magazine.

1987 As word of the Cosmopolitan reaches New York, the recipe is improved by bartenders such as Toby Cecchini (Odeon) and Dale DeGroff (The Rainbow Room), who adds a trademark garnish of flaming orange peel. His recipe, using Cointreau® and fresh lime juice, remains the modern standard.

1995 Chicago's Daily Herald newspaper declares the Cosmopolitan a hit drink among celebrities, including Peter Gabriel and Madonna, who is famously photographed sipping the drink at the Rainbow Room, resulting in a deluge of phone calls for the recipe.

1999 The Cosmopolitan makes its appearance on the HBO TV series Sex and the City, becoming a recurring call for the cast of urban female characters along with other trendsetting premium drinks like Grey Goose® vodka, designed as a super-premium product for the American market in 1997.