From the cosmopolitan to the gin and tonic, these are the fascinating origins of your favorite cocktails.
The true origin of the cosmopolitan is widely disputed, but many recognize Tony Cecchini as the inventor of the drink. As the story goes, in 1988, the then-25-year-old bartender was working at The Odeon in New York City when he decided to update a drink that was popular on the West Coast that called for well vodka, Rose’s grenadine and lime cordial. To make it more upscale, Cecchini mixed Absolut Citron, Cointreau, fresh lime and Ocean Spray cranberry juice cocktail. His take on this flirty pink drink is now the gold standard.
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