The Cosmopolitan is considered by most sources to have been created by Florida bartender Cheryl Cook in 1986, making it one of the newer cocktails to be featured here. Aside from the call for Absolut Citron, it feels like a classic recipe – it’s dry and fruity rather than sweet and fruity, and even though it’s closer to a margarita, most people think of it as a type of martini.
It’s generally thought of as a “girly” drink, but aside from the pink color, I’m not sure why. It’s not sweet. It’s not frou-frou. It’s got plenty of alcohol.
- 2 ounces citron vodka
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau
- 1/2 ounce Rose’s Lime Juice (some people prefer fresh lime, but Rose’s cuts the tartness of the cranberry just a little and mellows it out)
- 1 ounce cranberry juice
- Lemon slice (for optional garnish)
Shake the ingredients with ice, strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish if desired.