Rocketing to fame thanks to its heavy feature in Sex and the City, the Cosmopolitan has a history dating back to the 1970s.
One of the earliest references to a Cosmo is from Cheryl Cook, a bartender who worked in South Beach in the 1970s.
It is believed she created the cocktail at The Strange on Washington Avenue when customers were looking for a drink that would make them look sophisticated, but was sweeter than the traditional Martini.
In 1996 at Manhattan’s infamous Rainbow Rooms, bartender Dale DeGroff twisted the recipe and added the signature flamed orange zest twist garnish. His version popularised the original cocktail and he was quickly associated as the man behind the drink as we know it.
How to make the perfect Cosmopolitan
- 40ml Cranberry Juice
- 25ml Orange Liqueur
- 25ml Vodka
- 15ml Lime Juice
Method: Fill a shaker with ice cubes and add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with orange peel.