There are few cocktails more recognisable than a blush-pink Cosmopolitan, nicknamed the Cosmo. The Cosmopolitan peaked in popularity in the 1990s in New York and London where one could find countless versions of the classic recipe being sipped by sophisticated bar-goers. Although the cocktail’s hype is not what it once was, it's had a significant impact on our cocktail culture today, remaining as a popular drink of choice in bars all across the world.
Who created the Cosmopolitan?
The Cosmopolitan was created for the first time at some point during the mid to late 80s. Who actually created the cocktail is a little less certain, however, there are three people who are rumoured to be credited for the martini style drink.
The first being, Dale DeGroff who is said to have created the concoction of lemon-infused vodka and triple sec combined with lime and cranberry juice during his tenure at NYC bar "Rainbow room”.
Meanwhile, according to legendary barkeeper Gary Regan, the one and only creator of the iconic drink was someone entirely different. According to him, Cheryl Cook who was known as the Martini Queen of South Beach, created the cocktail in 1985 using the only just released Absolut Citron Vodka, after her customers were looking for a drink that was simple but still made them look sophisticated.
However both of these tales were never officially credited with the creation of the Cosmopolitan. Instead, the formal story has been attributed to a man called Toby Cecchini who is said to have made the drink in 1987 while working at the famous Odeon in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighbourhood.
Aside from who actually invented the cocktail, a turning point in the cocktails esteemed history was its notable feature on the HBO TV series Sex and the City. The New York based series repeatedly featured scenes with the four main female characters sipping cosmopolitans. The cocktails TV appearance brought forward a wave of demand from the shows fans, similar to the hype surrounding the Old Fashioned cocktail after Mad Men.
Carrie Bradshaw sipping on Cosmopolitans in Sex and the City
Our Beeble Honey Cosmopolitan
Our version of the classic cocktail replaces the lemon vodka with our own Beeble Honey Vodka, adding a unique and naturally sweet flavour. We think the sweet honey undertones of our vodka perfectly complements the zing of the cranberry and lime juice to create something new and hitherto-untasted.
50ml Beeble Honey Vodka
15ml triple sec
30ml cranberry juice
10ml lime juice
Lime wedge on the rim of the glass
Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
For the garnish, hold a 3cm round piece of lime zest about 10cm above your cosmo and very carefully wave it over a lit match or lighter flame.
Bend the outer edge of the zest in towards the flame so that the orange oils are released, then drop the zest into your drink.