The Cosmopolitan Cocktail

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.

Ingredients

1.5 ounces citron vodka

0.75 ounces Cointreau

0.75 ounces fresh lime juice

0.75 ounces cranberry cocktail (Ocean Spray works!)

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker

Add ice and shake

Strain into a chilled coupe glass

Garnish with a lemon twist

Kate Dingwall
Kate Dingwallhttps://www.kate-dingwall.com/
Kate Dingwall is a writer and editor, primarily covering the spirits and travel world. Her work has appeared in Forbes.com, Wine Enthusiast, Liquor.com, MAXIM Magazine, DuJour Magazine, Eater, VinePair, Culture Trip, Canada's 100 Best Restaurants, and a number of other publications, online and print. Outside of writing, she is a sommelier and an avid martini drinker.
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