There’s a lot of … static around the Cosmopolitan. No fewer than three bartenders claim to have invented the drink (the nod usually goes to Tony Cecchini of NYC’s Odeon, in 1987); the cocktail's original recipe got gradually corrupted as it grew in popularity in the late 1990s (thanks to a certain TV show featuring four NYC women); and drinks nerds look down on the pink-hued concoction.
But now that the dust has settled, it’s time to hit reset: Made properly, with fresh lime juice, tart cranberry, and a touch of orange–y Cointreau, the Cosmopolitan is a quality, balanced cocktail.
Whip one up for your SO this Valentine’s Day and see:
- 1.5 oz citrus vodka
- .5 oz Cointreau
- .75 oz cranberry juice
- .25 oz fresh lime juice
- Add vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, and lime juice to a shaker tin with ice.
- Shake to combine and chill.
- Strain into a chilled Coupe glass and garnish with an orange twist.