Today, I am going to show you how I make a Cosmopolitan or Cosmo.  The ultimate delicious, pink, ladies cocktail!

How was it invented?

Cosmopolitan cocktail, my favourite!  Delicious, but how was it invented?  It has been credited in some quarters to a bartender in Miami called Cheryl Cook in the 1980s who was known as the Martini Queen, she made her version with Absolut Citron, Rose’s Lime, a little triple sec and cranberry juice.

In New York, Dale DeGroff known as ‘King Cocktail’ made a version with Cointreau and fresh lime juice.  Madonna was pictured holding a glass and it started to take off.  It was put into the history books, however by those lovely ladies of ‘Sex and the City’, as it was Carrie’s go to drink throughout the series.  The way I make mine is more on the New York spin.

When I signed for my house in Dublin many years ago, to celebrate, myself and a few friends graced a venue in George’s Street (long since gone), a cocktail bar that did happy hour and at 5pm we were plonked on lovely seats and drank a few of these lovely cocktails.

Although, having just bought a house, and money tight, its cans of cheap lager I really should have purchased from the local supermarket, I have such notions above my station!


How I make mine!

I don’t possess proper measures, so I use a shot glass, my shot glass is a 35ml measure. The shaker I have is a Boston Shaker, this is a two-piece cocktail shaker, consisting of a glass and a metal tin in the picture above.  My shaker came with a cocktail strainer which you can see on the Martini glass above.

Ingredients you need:

A chilled Martini glass

A shot (35ml)  of vodka (sometimes I use Citron vodka, but I had none this time)

A ¾ shot (25ml) of cointreau

A shot and a ¼ (40ml) of Cranberry Juice

Juice of half a lime

4 or 5 ice cubes

Chill the Martini glass in the freezer for a few minutes. Pour the vodka, cointreau, cranberry juice, lime juice and ice into the glass of the cocktail shaker, put on the metal tin and push in to make sure its sealed and secure.  You can seal the glass and tin together by a quick tap to the top portion of the Boston Shaker.

Hold at chest level at the very least and shake like mad, shake like you mean it! To open, hold the tin part of the shaker in one hand and give it a tap on the other side, this will break the seal.

Remove the glass from the top of the shaker, leaving the drink in the tin.  Using the cocktail strainer pour into your chilled Martini glass and garnish.

Making this cocktail for this post tasted so good, I had 3 while watching the rugby!

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