classic cocktails: Cosmopolitan

Discover our classic cocktails: Cosmopolitan

Discover our classic cocktails: Cosmopolitan

At The Book Club – Shoreditch, guests can indulge in a variety of bespoke cocktails or opt for a classic, such as the Cosmopolitan. This iconic pink drink served in a martini glass originated in the late 1980s and gained popularity in the late 1990s. Although the Cosmopolitan has experienced highs and lows in the world of mixology, it has undoubtedly left an enduring impact on cocktail culture.

The Cosmopolitan evolved from a classic cocktail known as the Daisy. This delicious drink was favored for its ability to smooth out the harsh taste of spirits and contained a combination of spirit, sweetener, and citrus. However, vodka was not a popular ingredient due to its lack of flavor during that era. Despite this, the “sour family” recipe structure of the Daisy served as the foundation for the modern-day Cosmopolitan.

Another forerunner of the Cosmopolitan was the Harpoon, created to market cranberry juice to adults. This recipe consisted of vodka, cranberry juice, and a dash of lemon. When combined with sweet Cointreau, it became a full-fledged Cosmopolitan.

The exact combination of ingredients that makes up the Cosmopolitan and its rise to fame as a classic cocktail is uncertain. However, it quickly became popular for its sweetness in comparison to traditional martinis while still retaining an air of sophistication. It gained worldwide attention thanks to its appearance on the HBO television series Sex and the City.

Despite its popularity, some critics, such as Esquire, have argued that the Cosmopolitan lacks the complexity required to be considered a cocktail and is simply a mixed drink. Furthermore, its simplicity has caused issues for many bartenders and mixologists. However, as the craft cocktail movement has gained momentum, with small-batch spirits becoming more popular, the Cosmopolitan remains a reliable cocktail staple.

For lovers of classic cocktails, The Book Club – Shoreditch still serves the original Cosmopolitan recipe. Come and join us to celebrate the creativity behind this timeless drink, whoever it may belong to.

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