One story starts with bartender Cheryl Cook. Cheryl, known as The Martini Queen of South Beach, founded the original formula in 1985. She wanted to give the classic Martini a twist, as consumers were looking for a drink that made them look sophisticated, yet easier to consume. In light of this, Cheryl decided to add a splash of triple sec, a drop of lime juice and just enough cranberry to create the pink hue seen in the classic Cosmopolitan.
At near enough the same time, it has also been said that bartender John Caine from Provincetown USA, was experimenting with a very similar concoction. Provincetown is actually located near to one of the USA’s main cranberry producing regions. When Caine left Provincetown, he took the drink with him to San Francisco where it became incredibly popular on the gay scene.
Neither of these stories are credited with the creation of the Cosmopolitan though. The formal credit is given to Toby Checcini as he made the drink famous by serving it at The Odeon in the Tribeca, Lower Manhattan. The Odeon restaurant was a regular haunt for celebrities in the 80s and 90s. The popular American show Saturday Night Live parties were frequently held there, meaning Cosmopolitans were often pictures in the hands of the rich and famous.
As the Cosmo spread across Manhattan, it finally found its way into Rainbow Room, where it was seen in the hands of Madonna at an after Grammy party, the real seal of approval for the cranberry cocktail.
The serious rise to fame of the Cosmo occurred in the 1990s, as the cocktail featured prominently in the hands of Carrie Bradshaw and her friends on the popular television series Sex and the City.
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