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Original Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe from 1934

We have all heard about the famous Cosmopolitan cocktail, a favorite among the ladies. But did you know that the original recipe was quite different from what is served in the bars today?

As early as 1934, a recipe of the same name was published in a bar guide, but it relied on lemons, gin and raspberry syrup, with a touch of Cointreau. 

Great combination actually, but probably not the right one for that time. In the end the recipe was forgotten until the mid-2000s. But around the 80s a new pink drink recipe was circulating the bar scene, apparently with the same name. 

If both versions weren’t pink and a type of “New Orleans Sours” (term for a sweet-sour cocktail with orange liqueur as a source of sugar, for example the Margarita), they would probably no longer be associated with each other.

Recipe

1934 Cosmopolitan

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: drinks
Cuisine: american
Servings: 1 person

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1/4 oz Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz raspberry syrup or 3 fresh raspberries if more it will turn too red

Instructions

  • Add everything into a shaker.
  • Shake well with plenty of ice.
  • Strain twice in a pre-chilled Martini glass.

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