Love it or hate it, Sex and the City introduced a whole new generation of cocktail drinkers (myself included) to the fabulous world of the cocktail. The Cosmopolitan was Carrie Bradshaw’s (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) drink of choice throughout much of the Show http://ohgo.sh/archive/sex-and-the-city-the-cosmopolitan/
The Cosmopolitan’s history is somewhat uncertain. Until recently it was thought to have originated during the 80s, perhaps based upon the Harpoon, a drink created to promote Ocean Spray juice during the 1960s. Clearly this drink has come a long way and despite its up-to-date modern image today, the recipe follows the classic sour-family cocktail recipe of base spirit (vodka), sweetener (Cointreau) and sour (lime juice), with a bit of cranberry juice thrown in to add an extra bit of tartness and a nice pink color.
Although pricey, I think it’s worth every cent to purchase a bottle of Cointreau to keep on hand for those refreshing cocktails such as Margaritas, Cosmopolitans and believe it or not cooking prawns. But that’s a recipe for another day.
Here’s my mix for a gorgeously refreshing and moreish Cosmopolitan
1 tot of Vodka
1 tot of Cointreau
Juice of 1 Lime
100% Cranberry juice