The Cosmopolitan is a famous American vodka-based cocktail. The pink color is given by the cranberry juice. Like Daiquiri, it is a drink to be served in one iced cup, as aperitif or after dinner. Here she is easy recipe of the Cosmopolitan to make at home, with the tips of a professional barman.
- 40 ml of citron vodka
- 15 ml of cointreau
- 15 ml of lime juice
- 30 ml of cranberry juice
- 1 lime
We asked Federico Volpe, Bar Manager of the Dry Milano restaurant, to prepare the Cosmopolitan recipe.
We tell you what you need to know about this cocktail to serve as aperitif or after dinner: the glass to use, the right ingredients, the technique applied, some shrewdness And curiosity.
Follow the step by step recipe for making the Cosmopolitan at home: it only takes you 5 minutes.
This cocktail combines in a balanced way sweetness, given by vodka and cointreau, and acidity, given by lime and cranberry. Fragrant, elegant and designed for a female audience, the Cosmopolitan, called Cosmo, is characterized by a bright pink color, due to the presence of the cranberry.
The Cosmopolitan is served in the martini glass: famous glass with an inverted conical shape, the same glass used for other cocktails such as Margarita.
It’s an iconic drink, made popular worldwide from the cult tv series Sex and the City, in which the four New York friends, led by Carrie Bradshaw, drink many Cosmopolitans.
As equipment you first need one shaker. We used a Boston shaker. You can measure the exact dose of vodka with the jigger, the dispenser commonly used for the preparation of mixed drinks. To squeeze lime and filter its fresh juice, the appropriate one is very practical lime squeezer in steel. To block the ice get one strainer, a colander-like bar accessory used to remove ice from cocktails after being mixed or stirred.
First, bear in mind that this cocktail must be served in an iced cup or cup. For this, it is important that you keep the glass in the freezer until it freezes. It takes 5 minutes. Same operation recommended for the Daiquiri.
The procedure is very simple and consists of pouring all the ingredients into the shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into the cooled glass. The end? A slice of lime as a garnish.
There technique to prepare the Cosmopolitan is that of Shake and Strain: the drink is precisely prepared in the shaker and filtered into the glass.
A shrewdness: as suggested for the Mojito, to obtain a more abundant fresh lime juice massage the lime with your hands in order to warm it to the touch.
Curiosity: the history of the Cosmopolitan is uncertain. The most accredited version traces creation back in the 80s in Miami Beach by the hand of Cheryl Cook, bartender at The Strand. The drink was later mentioned by the famous Cosmopolitan magazine, which inspired the name of the cocktail.
OTHER COCKTAILS TO TRY: Negroni, Spritz, Bloody Mary, Moscow Mule, Margarita, Mojito, Dry martini, Manhattan, Cuba Libre, Daiquiri.
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How to prepare: Cosmopolitan
Easy execution Preparation time 5 min Servings 1
How to prepare: Cosmopolitan
First of all, even before preparing the Cosmopolitan, put the cup in which you will serve your cocktail in the freezer, in order to have it well frozen. Pour the lime juice into a shaker, using the jigger, a very precise bartender’s dispenser. Then pour in the cranberry juice as well.
Proceed with the alcoholic part: cointreau and vodka.
With the help of tongs, add the ice cubes until the smaller steel bowl that makes up the shaker is full.
Place three ice cubes in the mixing tin (the largest bowl) of the shaker. Close the two parts of the shaker. Shake vigorously.
Pour everything into the previously frozen glass, blocking the ice with the help of a strainer.
Complete your Cosmopolitan with a slice of lime placed in the center of the drink with the help of tongs. Health.