I’ve always looked down on the Cosmopolitan. Perhaps it’s the Sex and the City adage: it’s a saccharine, hot-pink drink best sipped over gossip.
But a few months ago, in midst of serious pandemic fatigue, I tuned into a live stream of Ina Garten making a Cosmo. I’m not sure what was more chaotic about the video: a heavy-handed pour of Grey Goose into a pitcher with a blatant disregard for measuring, the giant v-shaped martini glasses, or the fact that she was live streaming in the morning.
It was a big mood.
“I like to make a lot of cosmos. You never know who’s going to stop by — wait a minute, nobody’s stopping by!” she exclaims, charming me more and more every second. As she gleefully sipped hers with both hands, I shopped for oversized martini glasses on Amazon.
So why did we forget the drink? Perhaps because it has been bastardized by a globe of Outback Steakhouse bartenders. Myself included—one of my first bartending jobs, I would haphazardly free-pour vodka, cointreau, cranberry juice from a gun, and Rose’s Lime into shakers. (For the record, we garnished them with gummy bears.)
But Toby Cecchini’s retooled Cosmopolitan is far more high-brow.
He uses citron vodka instead of regular, and fresh lime juice —a note I never picked up on.
1.5 ounces citron vodka
0.75 ounces Cointreau
0.75 ounces fresh lime juice
0.75 ounces cranberry cocktail (Ocean Spray works!)
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker
Add ice and shake
Strain into a chilled coupe glass
Garnish with a lemon twist