Cosmopolitan: Learn Your Cocktail

By Betchy Crocker

Holy fuck, the Cosmo. After delusional dater Carrie Bradshaw and her slutty friend Samantha brought the Cosmo into our lives, the world was like, never the same. But do you REALLY know about the Cosmopolitan? Doubtful.

History: Per usual, bartenders still totes argue over who made the first combo. In the 1930s, a recipe was passed around which featured gin, Cointreau, lemon, and raspberry syrup. Sounds kinda like a Cosmo to me. Another version of history says some gay bros in Provincetown, Massachusetts came up with the drink in the 1970s, which really wouldn’t be a stretch. Then some dude named John Caine who owns a bunch of bars in San Fran said he came up with it in the 1970s. Honestly, someone was going to come up with it eventually, so whatever and who cares and let’s all just drink.

Like every other goddamn drink, everyone makes the Cosmo a little differently. It has to be in a cocktail or martini glass, but can use citrus flavored vodka or plain, then a lemon or orange twist as garnish. We obviously choose citrus vodka and we obviously are going to be true to the original and use an orange twist.

Ingredients (for 1 Cosmo, because fuck everyone else):

  • 1/4 cup citrus vodka
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 1/2 tsps cranberry juice
  • 1 tbsp Cointreau (if you’re povo and can’t afford Cointreau, use triple sec)
  • 2 tsps lime juice
  • Orange peel twist

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add the vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, and lime juice. Shake for about 30 seconds then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Now you, too, can pretend you live in the 90s.




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