A Modern Classic Deserves Your Attention: The Cosmopolitan.

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JK Grence
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I pity the poor Cosmopolitan. At the turn of the 21st century, it became one of the most popular drinks in the world, sparked by its prominence on HBO's Sex and the City. Its rise to prominence was meteoric, seemingly going from nowhere to everywhere overnight. And, in similar meteoric fashion, it went from standard bearer to banished in about the same amount of time.

What the hell happened? When it's made right, the Cosmopolitan is fantastic. I think I just answered my own question. It's that whole "when it's made right" business. As the Cosmopolitan's popularity spiraled out of control, bartenders everywhere found themselves ill-equipped to make a good one, so they did the best they could with what they had, and turned out neon-red liquid candy that had no resemblance to the real drink. The Cosmopolitan deserves a much better fate than this. Let's resurrect this amazing drink, and this time give it the respect it deserves.

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