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The Ingredients

37 1/2 ml Citrus Vodka, 12 1/2 ml Triple Sec, 30 ml Cranberry Juice, 1/2 squeezed lemon, 12 1/2 ml Sugar Syrup

How To make a Cosmopolitan

Chill coupe glass with soda water. Add all ingredients to mixing tin with ice. Shake for 10 to 15 seconds. Fine strain into the chilled coupe glass. Flame an orange peel and place in drink as garnish.

Social and Cocktail says:

The Cosmopolitan Cocktail is a colourful, fruity concoction made with citron vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and freshly squeezed lime juice. The drink is often served with a flamed orange twist garnish and served up in a martini glass. The Cosmopolitan has become a mainstay in most cocktail bars and its popularity exploded in the 90`s mainly due to its role in the popular American TV series, Sex and the City.

The origins of the Cosmopolitan cocktail are widely disputed. One story was that it was created by the marketing department of Cointreau, to give its sales figures a boost –which the popularity of the drink certainly did. Another account was that it was invented in 1975 at the Cork and Cleaver Restaurant in Minnesota and that the bartender who invented it went on to reintroduce it at the Fog City Diner in San Francisco, where it started to gain a big following. Probably the most popular account is that the cocktail was invented by a Florida bartender by the name of Cheryl Cook, who was driven by the aim of creating a martini-type drink that was visually stunning to look at.

There are many, many different ways to make the Cosmopolitan cocktail, with some people preferring sweetened lime cordial over freshly squeezed lime juice, less or more cranberry juice, preferences on the type of triple sec and some bartenders using a normal vodka instead of a flavoured version. There are other variations such as the Detropolitan which adds French liqueur Chambord. There is also the Peach Cosmopolitan, Raspberry Cosmopolitan, Blue Cosmopolitan and the popular Cosmocello which substitutes limoncello for the lime juice.

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Did You Know?

The Cosmopolitan gained significant popularity in the 1990s partly due to the fact that Sarah Jessica Parkers character, Carrie Bradshaw, in the hit televsion programme, "Sex in the City", often ordered the drink.