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Sex and The City - COCKTAILS

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

To mark the world wide release of Sex and the City we are going to teach you how to make the cocktail made famous in the TV series. Today you will be making fabulous Cosmopolitan cocktail to celebrate the worldwide release of Sex and the City

The Cosmopolitan (Carrie)
Sex and the City introduced a whole new generation of drinkers, to the fabulous world of the cocktail.
The Cosmo was Carrie Bradshaw's drink of choice throughout much of Sex and the City. Despite its modern image, the recipe follows the classic sour-family cocktail recipe of base spirit (vodka), sweetener (Cointreau) and sour (lime juice), with a bit of cranberry juice thrown in to add an extra bit of tartness and a nice pink colour.
It's history is somewhat uncertain - until recently it was thought to have originated during the 80s, perhaps based upon the Harpoon, a drink created to promote Ocean Spray juice during the 1960s. Whatever it's origins, the Cosmo is now firmly rooted as one of the most popular cocktails of the past twenty years.

How do you make the perfect cosmopolitan?
. 3cl of Grey Goose Citrus Vodka
. 2cl of Cointreau or Triple Sec
. ½ fresh lime, juiced
. 4 ½ cl of cranberry juice

Chill a Martini glass
Put all ingredients together into a Boston glass / cocktail shaker and shake for approx 8 minutes
Fine strain the drink into the chilled Martini glass
Add garnish

Other Info
There are a number of different variations on the Cosmopolitan,
which he is also happy to do on the show such as -

. White Cosmo - use white cranberry juice
. Berry Cosmo - use raspberry and blueberry juice
. Mixed Cosmo - use kiwi, passion fruit etc

The drink can also be topped with Proseco or sweet wine or you can add different flavoured vodka, such as mango vodka etc.

Alan Kavanagh - Mixologist

Alan has been awarded the prestigious prize of 'Bartender of the Year' in Ireland for the past
4 years, (2005 through to 2008). He is also ranked top ten in the world for bartending and has represented Ireland in many international competitions in London, New Zealand, Finland,
Romania etc. He came 4th in the World Cocktail Championships in New Zealand recently.
Alan has been bartending for over 12 years and has served his cocktails to many famous faces including U2, Pamela Anderson, Sienna Miller, Colin Farrell and Paul McCartney.
He has also worked as a designer / consultant for many bars around Dublin and Ireland.
His website if you want to check it out is