- 40ml vodka (citrus vodka is probably the best)
- 20 ml Cointreau
- 15ml lime juice
- 15ml cranberry juice
- Shake all ingredients hard, over ice.
- Strained into a martini glass.
- Garnish with a slice of orange rind, making sure to spray the oils over the drink before serving.
This is the 'modern day' revolutionary drink. If any of you are out there with a snarky grin written all over your face, thinking "woman's drink", I beg you to reconsider. This drink has some very serious fans, and it is anything but the bimbo of the cocktail world. When ordered with knowledge to back and confidence to boot, no one, I repeat, no one, will glance twice.
Now I'm not saying that no bar-tender will ever judge you for ordering a cosmo, but what I am saying is that if you act like you know something they don't, they are certain to make it without asking twice, and be left thinking about you for the rest of the night.
Things just aren't quite what they used to be: you can be a water drinker one night, a scotch neat the next, a vodka lemonade the night after. These days, variety is truly the spice of life, and in my opinion, that has distastefully ruined the appeal of the cosmopolitan. It has, somewhat annoyingly, become the back up plan, the safe option for women informed by Sex And The City. This seems wrong to me, as a cocktail purist. I'm a true believer in the science and artistry of a beverage. There is isn't just a drink out there for everyone, there is eight of them. From now on if you know what you want to order, act like it, and if that happens to be a cosmo, the rule still doesn't change.
The drink originated when a bar tender in 1980's Florida realised a lot or people were ordering martini's with the sole purpose of using a martini glass. This seemed wrong to her. People should be able to drink what they want, and use the glass they desired, and not stress about conforming to the status quo. And so, she fashioned the beverage that would later evolve into the cosmopolitan, something more approachable and tame, in order to appeal to a broader spectrum of consumers.
Sharing a title with a fashion magazine, this drink is all about the now and the constant, reflective of its name sake. Fashion requires taste and foresight, two things very necessary in the consumption and creation of this very cocktail. A la Mode.