Believe it or not, contrary to popular belief the Cosmopolitan Cocktail was not invented for Sex And The City.
As with many other cocktails, the origin of the Cosmopolitan is hotly debated. What most bartenders and cocktail aficionados agree on is that it's likely the cocktail has been in existence for some time, but under a different name.
Enter Ocean Breeze Cranberry Juice, and its predecessor became what we now know as the Cosmopolitan.
Who Invented the Cosmopolitan Cocktail
Three names always come up when the Cosmopolitan is the topic of conversation.
Cheryl Cooke, "The Martini Queen of South Beach", gave the martini a twist in the 1980's (hence the martini glass presentation). The goal was the change the color to make the cocktail one women would want to drink.
Toby Cecchini, a New York Bartender, didn't enjoy the taste of Cheryl's version, and added a splash of fresh lime.
The most popular bartender to be associated with the Cosmopolitan Cocktail is Neal Murray, a Minneapolis based bartender who in 1975 added the Cranberry Juice.
Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe
Regardless of who invented the Cosmopolitan Cocktail, lovers of this red cocktail remain loyal to it's flavor keeping it in the list of one of the top 10 cocktails in the United States.
- 1 1/2 ounces Deep Eddy vodka
- 3/4 ounces Cointreau
- 3/4 ounces Master's Of Mixes Lime Juice
- 1/2 ounce Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
- Garnish: lime wedge
- Add the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, and cranberry juice cocktail into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
- Strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with a lime wedge.
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