In How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Andie works at a magazine, a fictional Cosmopolitan knockoff called Composure. It was very easy for us to apply that logic to our cocktail, since the pervasiveness of the pink martini also known as the Cosmopolitan was at its peak consumption in 2003, the year HTLAGI10D was made.
During one montage, I believe Andie and her BFFs are actually drinking Cosmos. This is, of course, thanks in part to the ground-breaking, trend-setting run of Sex and the City.
The Cosmopolitan cocktail can be traced back to the mid-80s, when a Miami bartender basically threw together a “Kamikaze with a splash of cranberry juice.” As Composure Magazine had less of the integrity and vision than its real-life iteration, as unrefined as the original was, so is our cocktail.
Now, I love drinking but have an unrefined palate; I am, after all, from Lewiston, ME. And according to Vine Pair, the Cosmo fell out of fashion for the same reason bartenders initially loved it: it was so easy.
The Composure Cocktail
- 1 oz cranberry juice blend*
- 1 oz orange liqueur**
- 1 oz vodka
- Juice of half a lime
- Shake over ice, serve in chilled martini glass***
- Garnish with a citrus fruit peel or wedge
*cranberry juice sweetened with juices of apple, grape, etc; none of that high fructose corn syrup Cranberry Juice Cocktail
**Triple Sec, Cointreau, Gran Marnier, this is a knockoff, don’t be picky
***or literally whatever glass you have laying around
Stay tuned for our How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days episode on Monday!