Whether mixologists want to admit it or not, the cocktail world is in debt to the Cosmopolitan. It helped launch the cocktail revolution at the tail end of the 1990s and exposed a wider audience to the concept of craft cocktails.
Much like a night of drinking Cosmo after Cosmo, the history of the cocktail is blurry. A few bartenders claim the drink’s invention, including Neal Murray of the Cork & Cleaver in Minneapolis and Cheryl Cook of the Strand Restaurant in South Beach, Miami. But cocktail geeks agree that New York’s Tony Cecchini first crafted the drink in its modern form in 1987 at The Odeon.
Of course, we would be remiss in neglecting to thank the four women who truly popularized the drink: Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. The Cosmopolitan will forever be remembered as the official drink of Sex and the City. While the phenomenon of a show skyrocketed the drink to fame, it also unintentionally caused its ruin. As the Cosmopolitan grew in popularity, it became cheaper, sweeter, more neon pink. People started making it with a mix. But if you make it the right way, with fresh citrus and tart cranberry juice, you’ll understand why the Cosmopolitan was so popular in the first place.