“Sex and the City” may have made the Cosmo famous, but, newsflash, according to People magazine, Sarah Jessica Parker (aka Carrie Bradshaw) never actually drank one until this summer. (And hey, she liked it!)
Here’s another trivia tidbit: The Cosmopolitan cocktail made its debut way before the 1980s TV show, in a circa 1934 book titled “Pioneers of Mixing Gin at Elite Bars.” As the title would suggest, however, it was originally made with gin, not vodka.
These days, ordering a Cosmo at a hip cocktail bar might cause the bearded, tattooed gent mixing drinks to raise a bushy eyebrow.
But just as old-timey drinks like the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned have made a solid comeback, I think we can expect the Cosmo to eventually become popular again.
In the meantime, we found our inspiration for this version in a neat little book, “Market Fresh Mixology” by Bridget Albert and Mary Barranco (Agate Surrey, March 2014). We changed the book’s recipe by using Cointreau instead of Triple Sec and “regular” vodka instead of citrus flavored. I like that it has more than a hint of cranberry juice (Cosmos in “Sex and the City” were always just barely pink), and a a little extra sweetness from the muddled pears.
Just right for the colorful season now upon us.
2 pear slices
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce cranberry juice
Pear slices and fresh cranberries for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the pear slices with the lime juice.
Add vodka, Cointreau and cranberry juice.
Add ice, shake to blend.
Strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with cranberries and pear slices.