classic cocktails: Cosmopolitan

Discover our classic cocktails: Cosmopolitan

Discover our classic cocktails: Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan originated in the late 1980s and gained popularity in the late 1990s. It evolved from a classic cocktail known as the Daisy. The Daisy was favored for its ability to smooth out the harsh taste of spirits. Vodka was not initially a popular ingredient, but the Daisy’s structure served as the foundation for the modern-day Cosmopolitan. The Harpoon, a precursor to the Cosmopolitan, was created to market cranberry juice to adults. The Harpoon consisted of vodka, cranberry juice, and a dash of lemon.

The Rise of the Cosmopolitan:

  • The exact combination of ingredients that makes up the Cosmopolitan is uncertain.
  • It became popular for its sweetness compared to traditional martinis, while still maintaining sophistication.
  • The Cosmopolitan gained worldwide attention through its appearance on the HBO series Sex and the City.

Criticism and Enduring Popularity:

  • Some critics argue that the Cosmopolitan lacks the complexity of a cocktail and is simply a mixed drink.
  • Issues have arisen for bartenders and mixologists due to its simplicity.
  • Despite the criticism, the Cosmopolitan remains a reliable cocktail staple, especially with the rise of the craft cocktail movement and the popularity of small-batch spirits.

The Original Cosmopolitan at The Book Club – Shoreditch:

  • The Book Club still serves the original Cosmopolitan recipe.
  • Come and celebrate the creativity behind this timeless drink with us.

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