As the weather gets warmer, cities across the country begin to reopen, and more and more Americans get vaccinated, many of us are preparing for a (S)hot Girl Summer unlike any other before. There’s only one cocktail fitting enough to kick off the season, and that’s none other than the Cosmopolitan. Nuanced, yet approachable; complex, yet downright fun, the Cosmo is the perfect serve for those of us re-socializing ourselves after over a year at home. To celebrate, check out a few recipes and a bit of history on the iconic cocktail for for National Cosmopolitan Day (Friday 5/7).
Dubbed the drink of the summer by New York Magazine, it’s hard to find a cocktail that radiates as much joy as the Cosmopolitan. Legend has it that the sexy pink drink was invented in the late 80s at NYC landmark The Odeon. Flirty, luscious, and strong, the cocktail quickly seduced the public and became a staple at fancy restaurants and dive bars alike. Re-glamorized by Carrie Bradshaw and company in the aughts, and recently revered by Quarantine Queen Ina Garten, popularity of the cocktail has long ebbed and flowed. But throughout it all, the controversial cocktail has remained in the zeitgeist for a good reason – put simply, it’s delicious.
A variation on the traditional sour ratio, the Cosmo includes just a handful of staple ingredients. So whether you’re cheers-ing poolside or on the patio, it’s time to break out the martini glasses and sip pretty in pink this National Cosmo Day and all season long.
Grey Goose Cosmopolitan
2 oz Grey Goose L’Orange Flavored Vodka
¾ oz Triple Sec
¾ oz Cranberry Juice
¼ oz Fresh Lime Juice
Method: Combine first four ingredients in order listed into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with orange twist.
1 ½ oz Grey Goose L’Orange Vodka
¾ oz Patron Citrónge
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
¾ oz lychee puree
1 ½ oz Pomegranate Juice
Method: Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain over ice into a chilled martini glass.