• 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger vodka
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces cranberry juice
  • 1/2 fluid ounce cointreau
  • 1 twist lime zest, garnish
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice


Cosmopolitan Glass

Preparation instructions:

  1. Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with lots of ice. Shake vigorously for several seconds and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime twist.

Original recipe makes 1 serving

History of the cosmopolitan cocktail

A lot of sources credit today's Cosmopolitan status to Cheryl Cook, a bartender in Miami who was known as The Martini Queen of South Beach. Cook hoped to give the martini a twist that would help it become visually attractive and more liked by ladies; she applied Absolut Citron, a new product; Rose's Lime, a bit of triple sec as well as cranberry fruit juice to provide it with the unique pinkish color.

Dale "King Cocktail" DeGroff sampled the drink at the Fog City Diner in Bay Area; he added his own twist on it at the Rainbow Room in New York with Cointreau, fresh lime juice along with a flamed orange peel, based on a story from the Museum of the American Drink recounted in The Georgetowner. The mixture became popular when Madonna was pictured grasping a glassful at a Grammy event.

The 1927 model based on St . Louis' "Feast" involved Scotch and Irish whiskey, vodka, Swedish punch, Italian and French vermouth and a lemon twist. The formula included a recommendation to mail the corpse to the League of Nations.

Carrie and her Manhattan friends, who branched out during the course of the HBO series and movies into a variety of ever-trendier "It" drinks ending in "ini" quit drinking Cosmos when everyone else took them up.

But the Cosmopolitan has earned its place as a "drinks with the girls" staple. It's no longer on menus, The Vancouver Sun points out, because everyone knows what they are, and bartenders all know how to make them.

Bartender Cook, who invented the pretty pink cocktail women would like to be seen with, might even say it's attained the classic status of the little black dress.