How To Make a Cosmopolitan
One of the evergreen modern classics, the Cosmopolitan is the product of changing tastes and a desire to shift away from the overpowering strength of the traditional Martini. With the Cosmopolitan came the move towards something equally sophisticated but more accessible.
What you'll need:
Fill a Martini glass with crushed ice and cold water. Place it in the freezer while you make the drink.
Select a citrus vodka. Skyy, Wyborowa, Absolut, Grey Goose and Ketel One all make excellent versions.
Fill a mixing glass with hard, cubed ice. Add 37.5ml/1.2oz of your chosen citrus vodka, 15ml/0.5oz of Triple Sec or Cointreau orange liqueur, 50 ml/1.5oz of cranberry juice and the juice of half a lime.
Place the Boston tin on top of the mixing glass and ensure a good seal. Shake vigorously until the tin frosts over.
Discard the ice and water before straining the cocktail into the chilled glass.
Squeeze a lime wedge into the glass before running it around the rim to release the oils.
Garnish with either a lime wedge or flamed/unflamed orange zest.
To flame the garnish, gently bend the zest until the aromatic oils are released. Use the lighter to hold a flame under the oils. They will ignite and give the drink a zesty bite.