The Cosmopolitan is a bright, easy-to-make cocktail with a bouquet of lime, orange, lemon, and cranberry. Neon pink, the “Cosmo” revivifies, refreshes, and rightfully earns its place beside the Margarita and Sidecar on your table.

THE HISTORY OF THE COSMOPOLITAN

The Cosmopolitan is a vodka daisy, which is a sour made with fresh citrus and a liqueur like curacao. Where its siblings, the Margarita and the Sidecar, play it fairly straight, the Cosmopolitan’s nod to the cranberries of Cape Cod makes it an almost singular pleasure.

For such a relatively new drink, the Cosmopolitan’s origins have become as often (and hotly) debated as the classics of the late 19th Century. What we can say for sure is that the drink—a standard sour customized with cranberry juice—first found real popularity and recognition in the mid-1980s, just before Absolut Citron…

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