Cosmopolitan – Ina Fridays

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Incredibly sexy! That’s how I see the Cosmo as. Does that image have anything to do with this drink being featured in episodes of “sex and the city”? May be! I am not confessing to watching the said show. Nope! I am not.

What I AM confessing today is how much I love a well made Cosmo. As far as drinks go, there couldn’t be a simpler cocktail to mix. Cranberry juice, Cointreau, vodka and lime juice. Even I can do that. It’s gorgeous to look at and tastes familiar, so it is a crowd pleaser too.

As with most cocktails the Cosmo went through a couple of phases to get to what we now consider a Cosmopolitan cocktail. The original however is credited to Cheryl Cook who bartended in South Beach, Miami.


As the story goes, in 1985 Cheryl received a brand new product from her Absolut rep called Absolut Citron she took on the challenge to create a new and pretty drink that looked cool to hold and could be served in cocktail glasses. Cheryl went to work and whipped up a mixture of “Absolut Citron, a splash of triple sec, a drop of roses lime juice and just enough cranberry to make it pretty in pink.” The cocktail was named after the magazine Cosmopolitan which had the styles and design she was trying to project with her new drink.

This drink was wildly popular in Miami and then the drink made its way in this form to both San Francisco and New York. Then it was Toby Cecchini who made the current version using Absolut Citron, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and cranberry juice. This is now the Cosmopolitan we like and drink today.

Source :- Mixologist: The Journal of the American Cocktail

The first Friday of every month, a group of bloggers blog about Ina’s recipes and we call it the INA FRIDAYS . Here are the bloggers joining me this month for Cocktails/ Appetizers.

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Cosmopolitan – Ina Fridays

Servings 4 sevings


  • Ingredients
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup Cointreau
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice


  1. Combine the vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, and lime juice in a shaker over ice. Pour the mixture into frozen martini glasses, through a strainer. Add in a twist of lime peel and serve immediately.

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  1. I always love the looks of this drink! It’s not one I often make, but this is a lot of people’s favorite. Good history — I’ve heard competing claims regarding whether Cheryl Cook or Dale DeGroof invented this. Always nice to get the actual story. Fun post — thanks.

  2. Sigh. So I’m not your ONLY cocktail inspiration? Well, I can live with knowing that I’m sipping with you in real life and Ina is not. I win!

    Probably my most often requested cocktail when I’m out. It’s pretty, festive and I love the flavors.

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      You Know me! I would rather sip than mix :)) Especially when you and the hubby are around. I got him to mix this one too :))

      Yes, you and I get to drink together. Ina’s loss 😉

  3. Miami to San Francisco and New York- the cocktail lives up to its name! Though I prefer a classic martini, I do love the color of cosmopolitans.

  4. Ansh,
    That was fun learning about the history of the Cosmopoliton! When we were in New York last year we wanted to go to a particular bar that we heard about to enjoy this drink, but unfortunately time didn’t allow it. It’s my brother’s favorite drink and he went out to buy a set of glass just for this drink. It is pretty!

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