With a blend of vodka, cranberry juice, champagne and lime the Champagne Cosmopolitan Cocktail is yet another unique combination to zhuzh up your regular Cosmo. Adding up a bit of dry champagne or even sparkling wine is what makes a difference to this beverage, grating a bit of orange zest can also elevate the drink. Ready to toast at any celebration this cocktail is generally served in champagne flutes or margarita glass.
The authentic Cosmopolitan recipe as listed in the International Bartenders Association is made with a base of lemon flavoured vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice. The origin of this drink however, remains unclear. Though this cocktail was a much more modern creation of the late 70s and early 80s, a drink similar to it existed in the early 19th century called the Daisy with a similar structure to a Cosmopolitan but this was made with alcohol, sweeteners and citrus.
According to Neal Murray, the Cosmopolitan was made by him in 1975 at Cork and Cleaver steak house at Minneapolis when he added cranberry juice to the already existing famous cocktail, Kamikaze. John Caine however, credits himself for making Cosmopolitan popular across the masses during the 1970s. Cocktail historian Gary Regan considers Cheryl Cook to have started this creation in Florida around 1986-1986 as she mentioned in a letter to Regan. She used Absolut Citron with triple sec and a dash of Rose’s lime and cranberry juice to get to that unique pink colour. Contradicting this, bartender Gaz Regan recognized the version by Toby Cecchini and Makissan Huffsmith-Roth to be original.