How to Make a Cosmopolitan
Mixologist Eben Freeman, of Tailor restaurant in New York City, demonstrates how to prepare a classic Cosmopolitan cocktail.
Released on 11/11/2008
Hi, I'm Eben Freeman at Tailor restaurant
in New York City,
some say the birthplace of the cosmopolitan.
Really, it's just a simple vodka sour
with some modifications.
Anybody who bartendered in the 1990s
can probably make this in their sleep.
I know some bartenders who can make it in seconds,
because they've made so many of them.
It's difficult to work behind the bar even today,
without coming across this drink.
And although its popularity has waned somewhat,
it's one that people are always interested
in how they can make at home.
It's hard for me, even now, not to pre-pour this drink,
just because I've done it so many times.
But we're gonna measure that out.
1 1/2 ounces of citrus vodka of your choice.
Then, a scant 3/4 ounces.
I'm using a different citrus vodka
than was originally used.
I also used a different Triple Sec
that was originally used.
Instead of Cointreau, I'm using this Leroux.
And I put a scant 3/4 ounces in there.
Then, just a dash of fresh lime juice,
a dash of simple syrup,
and then a dash of cranberry juice.
And here, I'm using cranberry juice for a gun.
Now, again, purists would say that this would be
made with Absolut Citron, and Cointreau,
and cranberry juice, but as many of us learned,
we were making so many of 'em when they were popular,
that you had to find the fastest, most economical method,
so this is, sort of, a carryover of that,
in the way that I make this drink.
Because I don't think the people who order this
are as particular about their ingredients
as, say, someone who's getting a Martinez cocktail,
or something like that.
So, very simple, really.
Ice, then shake.
Now, you know they're gonna want that
in a martini glass.
Make 'em happy.
Cranberry juice, really, is just a colorant,
more than it is a flavorant.
There shouldn't be a lot of Rose's lime juice in there,
there shouldn't be a lot of cranberry juice.
It really should be just pale pink in color.
Citrus vodka is made up of variety of citruses.
So, you can put a twist of anything,
or a squeeze of something in there.
Since I've used fresh lime juice already,
I'm just going, and citrus vodka,
just gonna put a little bit of orange oil into the drink.
That's the drink they've all been talking about,