Are Cosmos Back?
With the news of another chapter of SATC coming to the silver-screen, I had to think, will Cosmos be coming back? Or did they never leave us?
Love or loathe, Sex & The City is one of those cinematic events that one cannot escape, and the effects of what the infamous characters get up to will no doubt be the talking point of many soirees in the future (which hopefully wont be on Zoom). With the recent news of this further reboot, we did indeed get to thinking about the power of TV/Cinema, and the effect SATC had on cocktail bars in cities around the world – most notably of course, that everyone was drinking cosmopolitans for years.
Now a legendary drink that lingers on just about every cocktail list we’ve ever come across, we headed over to the cocktail-connoisseurs at Alexander House for a reminder on how to make the perfect, original cosmo. None of this blueberry nonsense, thank you.
Revisit this classic with our recipe below and of course, stop by when we’re open again for a tipple or two!
Things to remember when mixing up your Cosmo – it’s served ‘up’ for a reason. This is a sipping drink that should pack a punch – not a watered down affair served long with way too much cranberry juice. It’s mused as being picked by the SATC shows as a feminine take on the James Bond classic Martini, and so we like to take it with similar seriousness – as mentioned previously, for sipping.
The original recipe calls Absolut Citron, which has just debuted in New York as the recipe became mainstream.
Absolut Citron 2 parts
Cointreau (although Grand Marnier did lay claim to the drink) 1 part
Freshly squeezed lime juice 1 part
Cranberry juice 1.5 parts
Orange rind to garnish (and even flame if you feel extra fancy)
Pop all of the ingredients in a Boston shaker with plenty of cubed ice and shake vigorously to combine. Double-strain into a chilled martini glass (ideally with a stem as thin as your Manolo’s heel) and then float your peeled orange rind on top. For a super fancy finish, take your peel (approx an inch in diameter from a standard vegetable peeler) and hold a couple of inches over a lit match. Squeeze the peel, skin side, toward the flame and in the direction of your cosmo – we’re wanting the flambeed orange oils to enhance your drink after all. You should have a pleasingly theatrical spark and we then like to use the rub the rind around the rim of the glass.