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

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.


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 1903?1933. 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 doesn?t 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 Caine?s 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 (
So, in a nutshell, the origin remains very much shrouded in mystery.

Cosmopolitan Recipe

Easy Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

Cosmopolitan: The empowerment

?My 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 ?Girl?s Night In ? , a time where women can just be with other women without a man,  to mainstream audiences along  popularizing the ?Girl? drink, the Cosmopolitan in America.
The show?s 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 woman?s 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.

Sex and the City 1988


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.

Unveiling the Cosmic Spectrum: 50 Variations of the Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Step into a cosmos of flavor as we embark on a journey through an expansive collection of Cosmopolitan cocktail variations. The classic Cosmo, known for its vibrant blend of vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and a twist of lime, has transcended time to inspire an array of imaginative interpretations. From the original Cosmopolitan to exotic twists like the Brazilian Cosmopolitan and the dazzling Diamonds Tweaked Cosmopolitan, join us as we explore 50 delightful renditions of this iconic libation. Each variation tells a unique story, offering a spectrum of tastes to tantalize your palate and inspire your mixology adventures.


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