For me?— nothing. I know many people dismiss the cocktail, which probably saw its peak about 5-10 years ago thanks to the ladies of Sex and the City. Since then, bars across the U.S. have continued to push the drink, with wild fruit variations in every color of the rainbow. What was once a good, simple cocktail has been so bastardized it’s now a punch line for cocktailians everywhere. That fact, combined with the small uprising against all-things-vodka taking place on the internet and in speakeasy-style bars the world-round, has helped to feed a campaign to crush the Cosmopolitan. I just wanted to voice my humble opinion that it’s a rather fine drink, if made properly, and should not be entirely overlooked by cocktail lovers.
I liken a Cosmopolitan to the band Kings of Leon, and I’ll tell you why. I think Kings of Leon is a fantastic band—I enjoy their music and have heard wonderful things about their live performances. But for some reason, I feel a compelling urge to hate them. Why? Because they’re a bit played out. They’re getting too popular. Every time I turn on the radio—they’re there. They’re at every awards show, and on the lips of every super celebrity. I’m getting tired of them—just like so many of us got tired of Cosmopolitans after being served too many icky-sticky sweet ones.
But should something be hated just because it’s popular? I think not. So fix yourself this Cosmopolitan (recipe below), add some KOL to your playlist (oh c’mon…you know it’s there already…) and live without shame. Have a lovely weekend! Cheers!
1 ½ oz. Vodka (some people prefer citrus-flavored vodka-your call)
1 oz. Triple Sec (Hiram Walker)
½ oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
¼ oz. Cranberry Juice
Garnish with an orange peel and Enjoy!
*Cosmopolitan recipes should never call for sour mix or grenadine. They shouldn’t be garnished with a cherry, and shouldn’t have more cranberry juice than Triple Sec. If you’re cocktail came out blood-red, try, try again!