Before the “Cosmo” became the must-have liquid accessory of Sarah Jessica Parker acolytes, there was the Cosmopolitan, created by bartender Toby Cecchini at the Odeon in New York City, in 1988. Adapted from a pink-hued mock-Martini recipe that had been floating around Florida and San Francisco, Cecchini retooled the ingredient list with higher-quality mixers, choosing Citron vodka, lime juice, Cointreau and cranberry juice. Renowned in the Miami and New York club scene, the drink gained national exposure via Sex and the City, and, in the late 1990s, would go onto become the go-to order for upwardly mobile urban women. Strip away all the silly cultural associations, however, and what you’re left with is a doctored-up Cape Cod—a little sweet, not too alcoholic and pink.
Toby Cecchini’s Cosmopolitan
Toby Cecchini | New York City
- 1 1/2 ounces citron vodka (preferably Absolut Citron)
- 3/4 ounce Cointreau
- 3/4 ounce lime juice
- 3/4 ounce cranberry cocktail, such as Ocean Spray
Garnish: lemon twist
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a lemon twist.
Despite common pop culture associations, the original Cosmopolitan is a rather dry cocktail. The recipe can be tweaked with other orange liqueurs such as Combier, which will result in a slightly sweeter recipe. Or, ditch the cranberry cocktail for natural, tart cranberry juice.