Sex and the City revives Cosmo

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I never watched the first series, and am not watching the reboot, but there is no denying the success of the show Sex and the City. Aside from the place in television history, it is also renowned for another reason relevant to my column. That is, it was very responsible for the surge in popularity of its on show signature cocktail – the Cosmopolitan (or simply, the Cosmo).

In the 1990s, during my bartending days, it was arguably one of the drinks I made the most behind the Margarita and Pina Colada (because I was on an island). While the Cosmo is not as popular today as it was in the 1990s and early 2000s, it is still ordered quite a bit.

According to bartending historians, the Cosmopolitan was invented in 1985 by bartender Cheryl Cook at the Strand, a South Beach Miami bar. According to the story, she was trying to make a new cocktail using a martini glass and at the same time find a use for a new citrus flavored vodka (flavored vodkas were just entering the market in those days).

She basically took the Kamikaze recipe, used the citrus vodka in place of the unflavored vodka and added a splash of cranberry juice. One of the most important aspects of making a Cosmo, is easy on the cranberry. It only calls for a splash and many bars I have been to get too heavy with it.

Here is a traditional recipe:


1-1/2 ounce citrus vodka
1 ounce Cointreau
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 ounce (no more) cranberry juice

Add all ingredients into a shaker of ice and shake until very well-chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lime wedge.