Best known as the cocktail popularised by the hit series Sex and the City, the Cosmopolitan cocktail as we know it mixes vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime. However, when researching the cocktail, it transpired that an earlier historical version of the drink from 1934 called for gin, Cointreau, lemon and raspberry juice. So here's a return to the old with this modern yet old school Cosmopolitan, which we think has a bit more depth to it owing to the gin. We chose to use Distillery Botanica gin, a local NSW gin that utilises native botanicals including the murraya flower, jasmine and orange blossom. Quite floral without being sickly sweet (think more jasmine than rose) it balances nicely against the citrus of the Melbourne made Curacao, which in itself is not as sweet as Cointreau might have been.
- 60ml Distillery Botanica gin
- 20ml Marionette orange curacao
- 20ml lemon juice
- 3 muddled raspberries
Muddle raspberries at shaker, add the other ingredients and shake over ice. Strain into chilled coupe glass and garnish with orange blossom fairy floss (you can get the Pashmak brand in certain Woolworths and other grocers) and trio of raspberries. If you omit the fairy floss and prefer your drink sweeter, muddle 6 raspberries instead of 3.