Selena's Cosmo La Flor
Selena's Cosmo La Flor
The origin of the cosmopolitan is heavily disputed and according to Wikipedia here are a few versions.
One version of the creation of this popular drink credits the accomplishment to the gay community in Provincetown, Massachusetts
Bartender Neal Murray says he created the cosmopolitan in 1975 at the Cork & Cleaver steak house in Minneapolis According to Murray, he added a splash of cranberry juice to a Kamikaze and the first taster declared, "How cosmopolitan." This event supposedly led to the naming of the new beverage.
John Caine is the owner of several popular bars in San Francisco and a cosmopolitan expert. He partially credits the upsurge in cocktails during the 1970s to the Cosmo being served at Fern Bars. Caine is credited with bringing the Cosmo west from Cleveland.
There are a number of other claims made as to the origin of the cosmopolitan. Cocktail historian Gary Regan credits bartender Cheryl Cook of the Strand Restaurant in South Beach, Florida with the original creation. Some people think that Cook is a mythical character, but in a letter to Regan, Cook related the story of how she created the drink in 1985 or 1986:
What overwhelmed me was the number of people who ordered Martinis just to be seen with a Martini glass in their hand. It was on this realization that gave me the idea to create a drink that everyone could palate and was visually stunning in that classic glass. This is what the Cosmo was based on.
Cook's original recipes called for “Absolut Citron, a splash of Triple Sec , a drop of Rose’s Lime and just enough cranberry to make it oh so pretty in pink." Although Absolut Citron was not introduced anywhere officially until 1988, it was test marketed in Miami.
Notable bartender Gaz Regan says that the internationally recognized version of the cocktail was created by Toby Cecchini in 1987 in Manhattan based on a poorly described version of Cheryl Cook's creation.
Cheryl Charming details the story of how in 1989 at The Odeon restaurant, the internationally recognized version of The Cosmopolitan was created by Melissa Huffsmith-Roth.
The cosmopolitan gained popularity in the 1990s and was further popularized among young women by its frequent mention on the television program Sex and the City, where Sarah Jessica P’s character,Carrie Bradshaw, commonly ordered the drink when out with her girlfriends. The film adaptation made a reference to its popularity when Miranda asks why they stopped drinking them, Carrie replies "because everyone else started.”
Today I present to you a Cosmo with a twist, Selena’s Cosmo La Flor. Paying homage to the late, stunning sensation, Selena Quintanilla. Selena was a huge part of my childhood and was the first celebrity death that made an impact in my life. I remember all of us crying and consoling each other as we heard the news. The impact was so big, we actually got wind of it during classes. Pre-cellphones and instant notification news.
In 1992 Selena debuted her career-launching single “Como La Flor.“ "Como la Flor" is regarded by music critics to have propelled Selena's career in Mexico. It was then the highest-peaking single of her career. The single entered Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks and peaked at number six, while the song peaked at number nine on Billboard's Regional Mexican Songs chart in 1992.
Swapping out the Citrus Vodka for a delicate Rose Infused Vodka, to honor, the 90’s hit while still honoring this 90’s trendy cocktail, makes this soap the inspiration for its unique citrusy, tarty, and delicate floral aroma. A soft, pink, shimmery delicate hue, topped with real cranberry seeds for some exfoliating action. Topped with sugared “roses” and garnished with a “wedge of lime” and a sugared “cranberry.”
�Want to make your own Rose Infused Cosmo?! Take a look at the recipe below and give it a shot!
Rose Infused Cosmopolitan
1 cup pesticide-free pink rose petals (from 8 to 16 rinsed blossoms, depending on size)
1 cup vodka
2 1/4 teaspoons lime juice or 1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons simple syrup*
2 tablespoons of Cranberry Juice
How to Make It
Lightly pack petals into a lidded pint jar. Add vodka (it should just cover petals), then top with lid and chill. Shake after 1 hour, then chill until petals are drained of color, about 2 hours more. The longer the better. Strain vodka into another pint jar and discard petals.
Pour 1/2 cup vodka into first pint jar (save the rest for a future round) and add remaining ingredients. The color will transform from brownish to pink. Drop in several ice cubes and shake until cold, then strain into two martini glasses and garnish each with a rose petal, wedge of lime, and sugared cranberry.
*Find simple syrup at liquor stores, or make your own: In a glass measuring cup, combine 1/4 cup each sugar and water. Microwave until simmering, then stir until sugar dissolves. Chill syrup until cold.
Make ahead: Rose vodka, up to 4 months, chilled airtight. For brightest cocktail color, use within a week; as the vodka ages, the cocktail will be more peach colored than pink. The rosy flavor remains, though.