It’s classy, sexy and though it is currently out of style in the local bar scene, there is always someone ordering this pretty-in-pink cocktail. The official drink of Sex and the City, the cosmopolitan has delighted and numbed taste buds for decades while gracing the palettes of many brides-to-be and their respective entourages. While many people would rather be caught dead than seen with a cosmo in their hand, there are those out there brave enough to admit they enjoy this sweet concoction and do so free from the care of what others think…and in all honesty, I am one of them.
Is The Cosmopolitan an Acquired Taste?
The answer to this question is simple: no. Most people who are twenty-one (21) and up can easily stomach this boozy drink. The problem is NOT that it tastes bad, the issue is that it is considered outdated. In a country where everyone wants to look cool all the time, no one wants to be caught dead ordering a drink that is no longer “in style” unless it is a classic….like an Old Fashion, or a Harvey Wallbanger.
Food that Pairs Well With the Cosmo
When rustling up some grub to go with a cosmopolitan, stick with cranberries or go spicy! A cosmopolitan is quite heavy on the old taste-buds, so serving it with finger foods that either pack a punch or which can easily compliment the cosmo flavors is a safe bet.
Cheese and crackers will do the job, or some shrimp with cocktail sauce for starters. You could also use some cranberries, prosciutto and cheese on a skewer or a cranberry arugula salad with a light vinaigrette. For a more “spicy” evening, you could try some samosas or jalapeño poppers.
For a main dish, one can’t go wrong with herb-crusted pork loin or a black pepper steak. If you are looking for a lighter entreé, a spicy ceviché with flatbread or jerk chicken should pair nicely with a few cosmopolitans.
History of the Cosmopolitan
As usual, there are many people who claim to have created the Cosmo. Cheryl Cook was a lady who said she created it when she was working in Miami in the 80’s in The Strand Restaurant.
John Caine is another potential creator of this luscious drink, and he was a restaurant owner in San Francisco who served cosmopolitans in the 1980’s.
If that isn’t enough, there is also an account of Ocean Spray creating a similar recipe in 1968. Cranberry juice was mainly consumed by children and families back in the 60’s, so in an effort to expand their market share, Ocean Spray printed a recipe on their juice labels. In all honesty, whether it was Cheryl Cook, John Caine or Ocean Spray, one thing is certain: there have been many versions of this recipe, and one goes back to the 1930’s!
In Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars 1903-1933, which was published in 1934, wrote the following recipe:
- Jigger of Gordon’s Gin (1 1/2 oz Beefeater)
- 2 dash Cointreau (1/2 oz Cointreau)
- Juice of 1 Lemon (1 oz Lemon Juice)
- 1 tsp Raspberry Syrup (1 tsp homemade).
I know, the recipe calls for raspberry syrup instead of cranberry, but it’s still close to the modern-day cosmo.
In summary, I would like to raise a glass to whoever created the cosmopolitan: in honor of you, your creativity and dedication to ensuring people have a good time. Thank you!!
Please remember to drink responsibly!
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