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

Credits

Starring: Eben Freeman

Transcript

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