A classic Cosmopolitan for the Fourth of July

written by Melina

As our way of raising a glass to the Fourth of July and our friends in America, we bring you the latest instalment in our series of cocktail videos – a Classic Cosmopolitan.

There is some contest over the origin of the Cosmo – some say the ‘Martini Queen of South Beach’ Cheryl Cook invented it in the 1980s, but it’s roots can be traced as far back as the 1920s. However, there’s no doubt that it hails from the good old U S of A, being the ‘last classic cocktail to be invented in the twentieth century’.

If Cheryl Cook didn’t invent the Cosmo, she surely popularised it in the 80s. She made it with Absolut Citron, Rose’s Lime cordial, a little triple sec and cranberry juice. It enjoyed another moment of glory in the 90s when it was the drink of choice of the ladies of Sex and the City – and therefore adopted as the drink of choice by thousands around the world!

Despite having a reputation for being a tacky ‘drink for the ladies’ (thanks Sex and the City), a well made Cosmo is a delicious, refreshing and nicely tart drink. We prefer it made with unflavoured vodka and fresh lime – this way it’s not so sweet and has a bit more bite to it.

Watch the video for a step-by-step demonstration on our perfect method from Angel Nana. You’ll need a Boston shaker, martini glasses, and the following:

  • A boston shaker
  • Martini Glass
  • Plenty of ice
  • Good Vodka (really good Vodka, this is the base of your drink!)
  • Triple sec
  • Cranberry juice
  • Fresh limes