The Cosmopolitan is also known as Cosmo for short slang. The Cosmopolitan is often stereotyped as a girly cocktail. The Cosmopolitan reigns supreme as a superior cocktail among all women. If you have seen all the chic series on television such as Desperate Housewives or reruns of Sex and the City, the Cosmopolitan is the rave. The Cosmopolitan cocktail is pink. Most girly girls like pink The Cosmopolitan tends to be appealing to the eye and the pink fetish as well consisting of sweet flavor that is easy to consume. The Cosmopolitan is the favorite cocktail most ladies prefer at trendy bars, upscale restaurants, and retro clubs.
The real origin of the Cosmopolitan is vaguely known. The Cosmopolitan was likely created in the 1970s. One variation originates from Provincetown, Massachusetts. Other variations have been attributed to:
- Neal Murray Steakhouse in Minneapolis of the Cork & Cleaver
- John Caine, an avid bar owner in San Francisco
- Cherly Cook, a bartender in Florida
- Toby Cecchini, known to be the best bartender in Odeon in Manhattan
The perfectly made Cosmopolitan is not extremely fruity, or richly sweet. It will has a soft balance of taste, color, and sourness.
How To Make The Perfect Cosmopolitan
The Cosmopolitan is served in a classic martini glass. It is best when chilled before beginning to mix the drink. The secret to making an exquisite Cosmopolitan is using premium vodka. You do not have to buy the most expensive vodka you can find, however do not ruin your Cosmopolitan cocktail with the cheap grades. Stolichnaya, Smirnoff, Grey Goose or Absolut will work just fine.
You can choose a traditional triple sec, however Grand Marnier and Cointreau orange liqueur makes the drink that much better. Ocean Spray cranberry juice can be used, however make sure it does not contain sugar. Do not add too much cranberry juice as it will make the cocktail too dark, not the prissy pink it is known for. In addition, it won’t quite taste right. No need to make it so tart that the simple elegance it offers is overpowered by bitterness.
Rose’s lime juice is okay, however fresh lime juice improves it to a new standard. It omit’s the added sugar that can make the cocktail too sweet. You will then need to shake the mix together in a shaker for martinis with the ice included. You want the beverages to become chilled as they are shaken. To spare extra time you can have all the beverages such as the vodka frozen prior to mixing your Cosmopolitan. Be careful not too shake the drink too much as it can become watered down from the ice cracking. Then strain into your glass, and decorate with garnish.
Traditional Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe
1 1/2 oz vodka
1 oz Cointreau or Grand Marnier
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/4 oz cranberry juice peel for garnish
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Different Types of Cosmopolitan Cocktails
Different people and bartenders may have their own alternate spins on the Cosmopolitan, and although some things remain the same ingredients are added or have transpired into other varieties of the pink drink.
- Flavored vodka such as orange, lemon, coffee or raspberry can be added for a change
- There is a blue-colored cosmopolitan that includes blue curacoa that is substituted for the orange liqueur, and white cranberry juice is used
- Instead of lime juice (limoncello) an Italian version called Cosmocello
- The Barbados Cosmo contains rum
The types of garnishes used with the Cosmopolitan cocktail can be varied according to preference. First of all, the traditional garnish for the Cosmo is usually a slice of lime, however lemon or orange peels can be used to add finesse to the look and appeal of the drink.
When you want to try a different type of Cosmopolitan or have a particular way that you like yours prepared, you can always specify to the bartender or person making your drink how you like it. These are such requests as substituting rum for vodka, lemon peel for lime, adding flavored vodka, and utilizing some liqueur instead of the traditional orange liqueur. This drink may be less than masculine; however men who are comfortable with their masculinity can drink pink cosmos. It has its own persona, and will continue to rule the roost as one of the more popular vodka cocktails.
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