The legendary Cosmopolitan is a simple cocktail with a big history. It reached its height of popularity in the 1990s, when the HBO show “Sex and the City” was at its peak. The pink-hued Martini was a favorite of the characters on the show.
According to Gary Regan, the original Cosmopolitan was created by South Beach bartender Cheryl Cook. Eager to invent a new cocktail for the Martini glass, Cook riffed on the classic Kamikaze using a newly introduced citrus-flavored vodka plus a splash of cranberry juice.
There’s some debate about who created the original Cosmopolitan, whether it was Cook, Dale DeGroff (at New York City's Rainbow Room) or Toby Cecchini, who devised a Cosmo in 1988 during his tenure at NYC’s Odeon. However, all agree that Cecchini popularized the vodka-and-cranberry ’Tini.
This recipe appeared as part of “Let's Stop Pretending the Cosmopolitan Is a Terrible Drink. It Isn't."
- 1 1/2 ounces citrus vodka
- 1 ounce Cointreau
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 dash cranberry juice
- Garnish: lime wedge
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lime wedge.