Cosmopolitan: one of the six basic cocktails, what you probably didn’t know about this iconic cocktail

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There are several claims of invention of the Mai Tai cocktail. Beachcomber or "Don the Beachcomber" says he started it in 1933 at his eponymous restaurant in Hollywood California while Bergeron aka "Trader Vic" claims he created it in 1944 at his restaurant "Trader Vic's" in Oakland California.


Cosmopolitan Cocktail


What is a Cosmopolitan?


The cosmopolitan is a cocktail that, in its namesake and many incarnations, is widely considered to be one of the greatest drinks of all time. It originated in Europe as a simple mixture of vodka, fresh citrus juice, and sugar, but it has evolved into a complex spirit with dozens of variations. Some versions are made with fruit juice instead of citrus juice, some with sparkling water instead of plain old water, and some with little or no sugar at all. The cosmopolitan has become a symbol of sophistication and refinement, and it is always a welcome sight at a well-styled bar.






Not just a Classic, it exudes Class


It is a classic cocktail that has stood the test of time and remained an excellent choice for those looking for something different and exciting. It is the pinnacle of sophistication and refinement, the drink of choice for those who appreciate a good, fine wine but don't want to be stuck sipping away at a glassful of juice, juice, and more juice. It is a complex drink, one that requires the expert mixing skills of a bartender, but the end result is well worth the effort. The first thing that you need to know about the cosmopolitan is what it isn't.


Cosmopolitan Cocktail




Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe


What is it?


The cosmopolitan is a classic cocktail, with a long history and a dedicated following. It is a neat drink of vodka, cranberry juice, and club soda, garnished with a lime wedge. By itself, it is a refreshing drink, but it is also a versatile base for other drinks. It can be turned into a slushy with a few extra ingredients and a little patience, or served as a shooter.






Origin


The history of the Cosmopolitan cocktail is a bit murky. Some references say that it originated as a European-style mixed drink, while others say that it is a modern variation of the Cosmopolitan Daisy cocktail, which appeared in Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars 19031933. In any case, the Cosmopolitan is a sweet, pink cocktail with an intriguing flavour profile. It combines the tartness of cranberry and the piquancy of vodka with the sweetness of triple sec, which gives it a complex depth.
Cheryl Charming, the American bar professional and author has published her research on the Cosmopolitan in her latest book and on her website. Her take is, that, The Cosmopolitan is believed to have derived from the Kamikaze shooter, the Kamikaze from the Vodka Gimlet, and the Vodka Gimlet from the Gimlet (made with gin). She doesnt accept the Cosmopolitan Daisy to be the predecessor of the Cosmopolitan.

Her research attributes the Cosmopolitan to two different bar tenders, who she says, could have created the cocktail, fourteen years apart.

She writes, Neal Murray says he created his Cosmopolitan in 1975 at the Cork n Cleaver Steakhouse in Golden Valley, Minnesota. In 1981, at the Elite Café in San Francisco, he showed bartender Michael Brennan how to make his Cosmopolitan. It slowly became a popular Cosmopolitan cocktail throughout the city. In 1986, Murray worked at the world-famous Fog City Diner, making the cocktail even more popular.

She also writes, that John Caine says that he first heard of the cosmopolitan around 1986 while tending bar at The Rusty Copper in Cleveland, Ohio. He moved to San Francisco in 1987. One place he tended bar was Julie's Supper Club. The owner would introduce Caine as the inventor of the cosmopolitan. This is how John Caines name got associated with the Cosmopolitan too, while he has said that he heard about this cocktail Cosmo from his gay friends first.

She in her research has interviewed many who successfully made the Cosmopolitan a hit, where they worked, but most of them have somehow always heard about the cocktail from someone else. Read her research here ( https://www.misscharming.com/comopolitancocktailhistory)

So, in a nutshell, the origin remains very much shrouded in mystery.


Cosmopolitan Recipe




Easy Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe


Cosmopolitan: The empowerment


œMy gay co-workers went on pilgrimages to gay capitals such as P-town (Provincetown). I'd be working with them when each one recounted "magic nights" celebrating freedom of expression all along talking about this drink”The Cosmo. is what John Caine had said to Cheryl Charming.

Which concurs with some claims that the cocktail originated in the gay community. It is named after the original Cosmopolitan, a hotel in San Francisco. The hotel was a popular place for gay men to meet






Sex and the City: How a show influenced the popularity of the Cosmopolitan cocktail


Sex and the City was an iconic show about four women in New York City and their adventures. The series follows the lives of four women ” Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha ” who have their ups and downs in New York City and has been credited with introducing the concept of the œGirls Night In  , a time where women can just be with other women without a man,  to mainstream audiences along  popularizing the œGirl drink, the Cosmopolitan in America.
The shows main character, Carrie Bradshaw, was a columnist for a sex-and-relationship advice column, and was often seen enjoying a Cosmopolitan cocktail. The drink is defined by its pink colour and its supposed ability to cleanse and stimulate the senses. Over time, the drink became associated with Carrie and her outings with her friends, and is now considered an icon of the womans lib movement.
The HBO series ran from 1998 to 2004, introduced Americans to the Cosmopolitan cocktail. But it was actually, first popularized as a drink for women in bars in the early 1900s. But it didn't become a mainstay of bars for another couple of decades. The show, which follows the lives of four women in New York City, played a role in the drink's meteoric rise.


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Puritanism


The Cosmopolitan is a classic cocktail that is traditionally made with vodka, Citron Vodka to be specific. Over the years, bartenders have come up with many variations on the classic recipe, and while these variations on the classic recipe are great, the original is still the best and most popular version.   The only acceptable versions of The Cosmopolitan are those made with citron vodka.




  • Any Glass

    When there is no specific glass suggested for a cocktail, it's up to you to chose a glass.
    Either you just go ahead and serve using any glass available to you following these simple rules
    A. Go for Tall or Collins Glasses, Highball Glasses or even Hurricane Glasses for cocktails with loads of non-alcoholic mixes, and those that require crushed or cubed ices,
    B. But if your cocktail is aromatic and liqueur based, and has a complex character that must reach the nose use a wide mouthed Cocktail Glass.
    C. Red Wine Glasses for cocktails that have a Red Wine as the base spirit. Red Wine Glasses have a wider mouth and a long stem, so that the wine can be swirled an aerated to release the aroma while the long stem keeps the fingers away and avoid quick warming of the wine.
    D. White Wine Glasses for cocktails with a White Wine base, since White Wines must not be aerated as much as a Red Wines, since they oxidise fast when in contact with air, White Wine glassware, in contrast to the wide mouthed bowl of a Red Wine Glassware, is narrow with a narrow mouth. A White Wine has much lighter and delicate notes and the narrow mouth and less surface area in contact with air helps retain the aroma.
    E. If your cocktail is based on a Sparkling Wine like Champagne then a Flute Glass is more suitable since a Sparkling Wine is a White Wine with a secondary fermentation that produces the bubbles, and the narrow mouth flute prevents the bubbles from escaping.
    F. If it's winter and you are in the mood for some hot cocktails like the Irish Coffee or Hot Toddy, go for the Irish Coffee Glass, it has a heat resistant glass and a handle.
    G. Martini Glasses for Martinis or "Tinis" in general, but since these glasses have fallen off of favour these days, a Cocktail Glass will be good too.
    H. IF you are serving Margaritas, don't look for Margarita Glass if you don't have one at home, Double Old Fashioned Glass or other glasses are more common these days, for serving Margaritas.
    I. If you are the adventurous one, and are serving shots or shooters, of course the Shot Glass is your choice of glass,
    J. Finally, if you are going all out and serving depth charges and car bomb shots, all you need is a Double Old Fashioned Glass or a Beer Mug for the beer and a shot glass to drop the bomb in.

  • Simple Guide to Cocktail Glassware

    When there is no specific glass suggested for a cocktail, it's up to you to chose a glass.
    Either you just go ahead and serve using any glass available to you following these simple rules
    A. Go for Tall or Collins Glasses, Highball Glasses or even Hurricane Glasses for cocktails with loads of non-alcoholic mixes, and those that require crushed or cubed ices,
    B. But if your cocktail is aromatic and liqueur based, and has a complex character that must reach the nose use a wide mouthed Cocktail Glass.
    C. Red Wine Glasses for cocktails that have a Red Wine as the base spirit. Red Wine Glasses have a wider mouth and a long stem, so that the wine can be swirled an aerated to release the aroma while the long stem keeps the fingers away and avoid quick warming of the wine.
    D. White Wine Glasses for cocktails with a White Wine base, since White Wines must not be aerated as much as a Red Wines, since they oxidise fast when in contact with air, White Wine glassware, in contrast to the wide mouthed bowl of a Red Wine Glassware, is narrow with a narrow mouth. A White Wine has much lighter and delicate notes and the narrow mouth and less surface area in contact with air helps retain the aroma.
    E. If your cocktail is based on a Sparkling Wine like Champagne then a Flute Glass is more suitable since a Sparkling Wine is a White Wine with a secondary fermentation that produces the bubbles, and the narrow mouth flute prevents the bubbles from escaping.
    F. If it's winter and you are in the mood for some hot cocktails like the Irish Coffee or Hot Toddy, go for the Irish Coffee Glass, it has a heat resistant glass and a handle.
    G. Martini Glasses for Martinis or "Tinis" in general, but since these glasses have fallen off of favour these days, a Cocktail Glass will be good too.
    H. IF you are serving Margaritas, don't look for Margarita Glass if you don't have one at home, Double Old Fashioned Glass or other glasses are more common these days, for serving Margaritas.
    I. If you are the adventurous one, and are serving shots or shooters, of course the Shot Glass is your choice of glass,
    J. Finally, if you are going all out and serving depth charges and car bomb shots, all you need is a Double Old Fashioned Glass or a Beer Mug for the beer and a shot glass to drop the bomb in.

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