July 19, 2010 (Day 170) — Cosmopolitan

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. It’s a Cosmo. It’s a bullshit cocktail, drank in a dingy Houlihan’s at Penn Station while comparing you and your uninteresting friends to the blank slate characters that are the Sex and the City ladies.

What's that whisteling noise?

Hell, even Tales of the Cocktail had it on it’s list of cocktails people could vote to finally bury this year. Sex on the Beach actually won out (over my vote, for the Long Island Iced Tea). And it’s not like I’ve actually made a Sex on the Beach! I have? Oh shit. But, truth be told, I feel like the Cosmopolitan is a bit of unfairly maligned cocktail. I mean sure, it’s come to be associated with skinny, rich, white, shrieking harpies. But, if that association killed everything, we wouldn’t have teen pop music.

And I think it's just GREAT that a young lesbian has broken genre barriers and made it in the mainstream!

No, there’s a tasty cocktail buried underneath all the low-quality ingredients/shitty mixes that have flooded the market for “girl’s night out.” Like almost anything (other than that god-forsaken Long Island Iced Tea), the quality of ingredients makes a huge difference. So, I encourage you to open your mind and try the Cosmopolitan (NOT THE COSMO).


1.5 oz vodka

.75 oz Triple Sec

1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice

1/2 teaspoon simple syrup

1 teaspoon cranberry juice

1 cup ice cubes

Combine vodka, triple sec, lime juice, simple syrup, and cranberry juice in a chilled cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Rub orange or lemon twist around rim, drop twist into glass, and serve immediately. The colder this is served, the better tasting it’s going to be.

Yes, it’s a girly drink. No, I wouldn’t recommend ordering one of these during a guys night out, lest you face ridicule for the rest of your natural born life. But ladies — or guys who like girly drinks, Eric I’m looking at you — this is a very safe, tasty bet.

Jenn’s Take: This is a bit froofy. I like my cocktails with a bit more bite, so I would recommend using more vodka than listed.

Me: Again, using good, solid, fresh ingredients makes all the difference in this drink. You’ll notice it’s pink, instead of that deep red monstrosity they try and pass off in most chain restaurants. Again, take a look at the ingredients and you can see why. Solid.


— Mark

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