Let’s Get Blitzen: Cocktail Advent Calendar – Day 13 – Raspberry Gin Cosmo. Like a cosmo but better. Using gin in place of vodka and a splash of Chambord, raspberry liqueur, makes it more interesting.
I feel like I kind of missed the Cosmo trend – I was still in high school when Sex and the City popularized the drink but certainly noted the social currency that seemed to come with the pretty, pink, and glamorous drink.
The cocktail became so ubiquitous on the show, it became a kind of fifth main character.
Refinery29 actually published a whole article on “The Birth, Death & Inevitable Comeback of the Cosmo, SATC’s Greatest Icon” – a great read assessing how the Cosmo became synonymous with status and exploded in popularity because it was decidedly more accessible than the Manolos Carrie et al often donned.
Like a song that gets too much radio play, the Cosmo became tired and the trend passed. The show did have the effect of creating the indelible impression that the Cosmo was the domain of women’s drinking.
As you, may have guessed, I don’t believe in gendered drinking. If I order a Boulevardier, don’t ask me if I’ve had one before because you’re worried about whether or not my delicate lady constitution will be able to stomach the hard stuff. Belly up sweetheart, and watch me drink you under the table.
I will say though, I think the Cosmo is deserving of global reconsideration – by all genders. I would suggest swapping out the vodka for gin, mainly just because it has more flavour and still plays well with the other ingredients. The addition of Chambord adds a bit of razzle-dazzle to the equation too.
Perfect for holiday sipping, regardless if you’re a Carrie, a Miranda, a Samantha, a Charlotte or a Mr. Big.
Raspberry Gin Cosmo
- 1 oz gin
- ½ oz Chambord
- 2 oz cranberry juice
- ¼ oz lemon juice
- 3 fresh cranberries, for garnish
Combine all ingredients, except cranberries, in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 30 seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass. Skewer 4 cranberries onto a cocktail pick and place in the glass, as garnish.