The May 7 is the US Day of Cosmopolitans (National Cosmopolitan Day – rare: National Cosmo Day) very sweet tart of a dedicated, refreshing cocktails. At least if the American Jace Shoemaker-Galloway has its way, who declared this date to be Cosmo’s Day of Honor. Of course, such an event deserves its own contribution to the calendar of curious holidays from all over the world and accordingly the history of this Cosmopolitan Day of Honor should be examined in more detail with the following lines. So why should we raise our martini glasses today?
Who started National Cosmopolitan Day?
As already indicated in the introduction, the idea for National Cosmopolitan Day goes back to the US author, blogger and columnist Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, who is also known in the United States as the Queen of Holidays. The American seems to have a soft spot for cocktail holidays. Because the day of the cocktails (English National Cocktail Day) on April 24th and the day of the Tropicals (English Tropical Cocktails Day) on June 26th come from her pen .
If the sources available – including Chase’s Calendar of Events , the international standard work on curious world days – are to be believed, Shoemaker-Galloway launched this special day of cocktails made from flavored vodka, orange liqueur, lime and cranberry juice in 2014. The earliest entry on her blog holidailys.com dates back to May 2016. The data from Google Trends showed an initial relevant interest in the search term “National Cosmopolitan Day” as early as August 2011 (see also the list of further links below). However, in the course of researching for the present article, I was unable to find out whether these relate to this event or another day of action from the United States.
Why does National Cosmopolitan Day fall on May 7th in the United States?
Unfortunately, Jace Shoemaker-Galloway provides neither a hint nor a reason on her blog as to why she decided on May 7th as the date for Cosmopolitan Day. Although the cocktail is more suitable for the warm seasons of spring and summer due to its ingredients, this criterion would also have applied to pretty much any other date in May or June. In this respect, a relatively arbitrary calendar setting can be assumed here.
Against this backdrop, a direct reference to the content also committed today in the US is then day of packaging design (Engl. National Packaging Design Day) or the radio Russian Day (russ. День радио) unlikely.
How do you mix a Cosmopolitan?
The American TV series Sex and the City (1998 to 2004), whose protagonist Carrie Bradshaw, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, favored the Cosmo as her favorite drink, was likely to have been a major factor in the popularity of the Cosmopolitan. In keeping with the National Day of Cosmopolitan, it is best to start with the question of how do you mix a good Cosmopolitan? The official recipe of the International Bartenders Association (IBA) lists the following ingredients for a jar:
- 4 cl Vodka Citron (flavored vodka).
- 1.5 cl Cointreau or another brand Triple Sec (orange liqueur)
- 3 cl cranberry juice (alternatively also: cranberry juice or pomegranate juice)
- 1.5 cl fresh lime juice.
- 1 lime wedge.
Preparation: To mix, vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and cranberry juice are poured into a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously once and strain the contents straight up, i.e. without ice, into a pre-frozen martini glass. Attention: Before straining, rub the edge of the martini glass with lime peel (see also the article on National Martini Day on June 19). Traditionally, the Cosmopolitan also includes a lime wedge as a decoration. Cheers.
However, some recipe variants also indicate that the Cosmo can be prepared with ice cubes or crushed ice or, instead of the lime wedge, an orange zest or cocktail cherry is possible as a decoration. Alternatively, you can do without any decoration.
As always in the case of strange holidays for alcoholic beverages, it should of course also be pointed out that moderate and responsible enjoyment or consumption should have top priority. A look at the ingredients of the Cosmopolitan should actually make it clear relatively quickly that the cocktail has it all. Especially in the high-percentage vodka combined with the bitter-sweet flavor makes this drink so dangerous (National Vodka Day) on October 4)
Bar knowledge: A brief cultural history of the cosmopolitan
The cultural history of individual cocktails usually always offers a whole range of interesting anecdotes (see also the various articles in the calendar of alcohol holidays ). This then also applies to the Cosmopolitan. But one after anonther.
The origins of the cocktail we know today as the Cosmopolitan date back to the United States’ 1930s. However, apart from the common name, the modern recipe variant and its historical predecessor only have something in common to a limited extent.
Cocktail historians – yes, this branch of research really does exist – today assume that the forerunner of the cosmopolitan goes back to an American collection of recipes for bartenders from 1934.
This collection published by Traveling Mixologists listed a gin-based cocktail in the Miscellaneous category, which was also the only representative from the group of so-called daisies (daisies). According to the information given here, a daisy resembled a crusta, but with the crucial difference that the typical sugar rim on the glass was missing and these drinks were also sweetened with fruit extract.
With this in mind, the following ingredients were listed for the Cosmopolitan:
- 4.5 cl gin,
- 2 Dashes Cointreau,
- the juice of a lemon and
- 1 teaspoon raspberry syrup.
However, the recipe is very similar to the sidecar cocktail made from brandy, Cointreau and lemon juice, which was very popular in the 1930s. In this respect, it, unfortunately, seems unclear at the moment whether this modification of the Brandy Daisy was not more the origin of the Cosmopolitan.
To make matters worse, the traveling mixologists’ recipe collection also carries numerous other, completely different drinks under the name Cosmopolitan and the gin-based recipe seems to have disappeared from the focus of bartenders after 1934 (see also the article on World Gin Day . World Gin Day) every Saturday in June).
It was not until the 1980s that the Stealth Martini, a cocktail that appeared in bars again – with the exception of flavored vodka – contained all the essential ingredients with vodka, orange liqueur, lime and cranberry juice. This also applies to the Cape Codder long drink (vodka, cranberry and lime juice) and the Kamikaze short drink (vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice).
The first modern Cosmopolitan is said to have been developed in 1985 when Cheryl Cook launched the vodka Absolut Citron in her bar The Strand in Miami Beach, Florida. At the end of the 1980s, this recipe of lemon vodka, Triple Sec, Rose’s Lime Juice and cranberry juice by the New York bartender Toby Cecchini was expanded to the standard Cosmopolitan recipe listed above through the use of the Triple Sec brand Cointreau and freshly squeezed lime juice.
With this in mind: Cheers and a great National Cosmopolitan Day to all of you.