Monday, May 31, 2010

So Cosmopolitan

I might not have seen Sex and The City 2 had it not been for one very special guest star: Wendy Brandes Cleopatra earrings! (Kim Cattrall is really just the vessel.)

Kim looking hawt (not hot) in the middle of the desert thanks to THE earrings!

Cleopatra in gold and diamonds

I thought the first SATC movie I had zero expectations for the follow up and planned to skip it all together until it was revealed that Wendy's Cleopatra earrings had made it big! Wendy immediately organized a viewing/wearing party on opening night, so a group of us descended upon the Ziegfeld (also a minor character in the movie) actually wearing(!) the Cleopatra earrings to see their debut in person. (You can read Wendy's fabulously detailed blog post here.) We all cheered when we saw them on screen, so proud of our friend!

The Cleopatra Crew

Cleopatra in silver

Although we stopped for drinks before AND after the movie, I still had a yearning for a good old fashioned Cosmopolitan (and by old fashioned I mean circa 1998). Although the drink has been around since the 70s (or 80s depending on who claims to have invented it) it became super trendy once Carrie and the girls started ordering it on the show. Of course then every bar had to start serving them up to be on trend with the ladies. The problem was, no one really knew how to make one properly. That red colored, Hawaiian Punch looking concoction you've seen in most places? Wrong! It shouldn't be red, but blush colored. You're not ordering a vodka cranberry-no ice, you're ordering a properly made cocktail like a Sidecar or a Margarita.

The only place I ever went where they served a properly made Cosmopolitan (other than my own kitchen) was Il Bagatto. You wouldn't necessarily think of going to an Italian restaurant for the best Cosmo in town, but the best bartender in town, Marco, made it perfectly and I spent nearly seven years going there to enjoy it (and the grilled calamari). Sadly, Marco moved back to Rome and Cosmos went out of style.

Some people have complained that SATC2 was desperate, too camp, and there just wasn't enough CITY. Perhaps. But I thought camp was really the only way to go at this point and the movie opened and closed in NYC so I was satisfied, the girls just went on vacation in between. If you're looking for high art or potential Oscar contention, go to the MoMA or see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. No one is making you see this movie (except that Wendy's earrings ARE exceptional at 2 stories high!!!). Just like I wouldn't be caught dead ordering a Cosmo now (because I have a cocktail rep to protect obvs!) and the SATC franchise may be over, you can still enjoy both. In or out of style.

Carrie's Cosmopolitan

2 ounces vodka (preferably citron flavored)
1 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 ounce fresh lemon (or lime) juice
Cranberry juice cocktail

1. Pour the vodka, Cointreau, and lemon juice into a martini shaker filled with ice cubes. Add a very small splash of cranberry juice just to color the drink. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon peel. Makes 1 drink.


Jennifer said...

It's fun to go out for a proper drink. We don't do that enough. Love your post!!!

WendyB said...

I added your post to my post! I've never been a Cosmo fan but your beautiful pictures make me want one STAT.

My word verification is spitupb!

stacy said...

How dare Marco leave you like that!
This drink looks sooo good for summer.

Tina said...

My three favorite commenters!!!

Thanks for the blog shout out, Wendy!

Jen, we'll have a proper margarita at Cabrito.

Stacy, I wish Marco was still here so that you could try his Cosmo. I'll have to recreate it for the next Jersey Shore viewing or...something.

WendyB said...

Please can we watch the Kelly-eating-jelly-beans episode of Housewives?

fashion herald said...

That picture is Cosmo perfection, god bless you and Marco. I was bartending in DC when this crazy hit, and was luckily taught the real thing by an experienced bartender. Inevitably girls would return them asking for them to be more "red."

stef m said...

Oh, I would love one of Marco's cosmos right now! Just got a flood of great old memories!

stef m said...

also, those photos are amazing

Tina said...

Stef! I was hoping that you'd see this post. Don't you miss those Marco nights?

And thanks for confirming that my pink Cosmo is accurate, Fashion Herald!