Friday Night Cocktails: Cosmopolitan

Although frequently attributed to Carrie Bradshaw and her SATC squad, the Cosmopolitan was a popular drink in gayborhoods like San Francisco and Provincetown during the 1970's and 80s.  The drink possesses the beauty and sophistication of a martini (served in the same glass), but with a more easy-drinking feel.  A lemon twist or lime wedge are logical garnishes as they reflect the flavors in the drink, but a more authentically old school way to finish the drink is with a bit of orange peel flamed over the top with a match.

Cosmopolitan (makes one)

1.5 oz citron vodka

1 oz Cointreau

1/2 oz fresh lime juice

dash of Cranberry juice

coin sized piece of orange peel


Combine first four ingredients in cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake until the outside of the shaker is frosty and strain into a martini glass.  Light a match, then with your free hand pick up the orange peel with your thumb and index finger being careful not to bend it.  Position the orange peel and lit match above the drink, now bend the orange peel to expel its oils igniting them across the surface of the drink.