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National Cosmopolitan Day

How did the Cosmopolitan become the most iconic cocktail of the 1990s, why does it deserve its own holiday, and how do you make the perfect Cosmo? We took a dive into the past to find out all of its interesting little secrets.

WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THE COSMO?

The Cosmopolitan started off as a health gimmick. The fruit juice brand Ocean Spray wanted to market cranberry juice to adults, and launched a marketing campaign around a cocktail called the Harpoon in 1968 – a mixture of vodka, cranberry juice, and lime. In 1987, this cocktail officially became the Cosmopolitan with the addition of triple sec; it’s credited to Manhattan bartender Toby Cecchini, but rumour has it that it had been floating around the gay scene in Florida and Massachusetts for a while beforehand, being served by Cheryl Cook at the Strand amongst others.

The Cosmo soon became popular with the fashionistas of the moment, but it was with the 90s TV show Sex & The City that it became truly iconic. The show’s protagonists ordered Cosmopolitans by the trayful, and the Cosmo became the drink of choice for anyone embarking on a girls’ night out.

WHAT IS NATIONAL COSMOPOLITAN DAY?

7th May is National Cosmopolitan Day – a holiday invented by freelance writer Jace Shoemaker-Galloway. This holiday isn’t just about the cocktail – it’s about friendship and camaraderie. Although glamorous bars and nightclubs have been off the table recently, the importance of connection and support has never been clearer. So pour yourself a Cosmo, and even if it’s via Zoom, drink to the health of your bestie.

RECIPE: THE PERFECT COSMOPOLITAN

Difficulty: **

Strength: Sipper

Fresh, Fruity, Crisp

INGREDIENTS (Serves 1)

40 ml vodka

20 ml triple sec

10 ml fresh squeezed lime juice

A dash of cranberry juice

Garnish – orange peel

HOW TO MAKE IT:

  1. Pour all the ingredients over ice into a cocktail shaker, and shake well. Traditionally, the Cosmopolitan should only have a hint of pink – but feel free to dose the cranberry juice depending on your personal taste
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and zest the orange peel over the cocktail by twisting the peel until it releases a tiny spritz of orange oil
  3. Garnish artistically with the orange peel