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      HOW DO YOU MAKE A  .  .  .  COSMOPOLITAN small green logo
BY CHRIS POH
  SEX OUTSIDE THE CITY

cosmopolitan as seen in American Public House ReviewWhile it remains to be seen whether or not the “Sex and the City” film can do for overall vodka consumption what the movie “Sideways” did to help promote the pouring of Pinot Noir, it is safe to say that a good number of gals will be forgoing their chocolate martinis this summer in favor of the Cosmopolitan.

Like anything else attached to humankind there is a bit of controversy surrounding the origins of this cocktail. There most certainly is a New York City connection in the creation of the Cosmo via the mixology skills of bartender, author and tavern owner, Tony Cecchini. He is credited with what has become the recognized standard international recipe for the drink which uses Cointreau and fresh lime. Mr. Cecchini developed his version based upon a drink popular in South Beach, Florida that called for Absolut Citron to be mixed with a splash of triple sec, Rose’s Lime, and cranberry juice.

It is also possible that the drink is of a Midwest lineage and is a descendant of the venerable vodka gimlet, (vodka and Rose’s Lime Juice). There are also claims that the drink had its roots among the gay community of Provincetown, Massachusetts. This New England association may have more to do with the use of cranberries. The original Ocean Spray agricultural cooperative was founded in Massachusetts, and the company brought their Cranberry Juice Cocktail to market in 1976. The juice was mixed with vodka and sold in coastal bars as the Cape Codder.

This bit of shared information is in keeping with one of the two edicts that rule my life. The first being, “That you can’t know where you are going until you know where you have been” and the second is, “Never order a drink that you don’t know how to make.”


So here is the American standard recipe for the Cosmopolitan:

1 oz vodka
½ oz triple sec
½ oz Rose’s Lime Juice
½ oz cranberry juice

Shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker and strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with a slice of lime on the rim of the glass.
Additional Possibilities:  I personally prefer the use of Rose’s Lime Juice over fresh lime; but I will gladly defer to Mr. Cecchini’s call on Cointreau instead of triple sec


You might also like to experiment with the use of different flavored vodkas. My favorites are Smirnoff Twist of Orange and Three Olives Citrus.

Salute!



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