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Muddy Drinks: The Cosmo – not the drink you think it is!

No cliched cocktails on our watch. Award-winning mixologist Tristan Stephenson has a few things to teach us about the often maligned pink drink. Cheers!

With no bars open and cocktail parties off the menu, one thing is clear – we are all going to need to get ourselves some serious bartending skills.

Step forward Tristan Stephenson, aka The Curious Bartender. An award-winning mixologist and author, Tristan has recently launched a new YouTube channel and which better cocktail to share with Muddy than the cosmo.

A celebration of citrus, and a marriage of sophisticated sour flavours, this lip-smacking party drink originated in the USA, before reaching New York. You probably associate it with SJP and Sex and the City, where it spawned hundreds of extremely poorly made versions up and down the UK’s bars.

But! Made properly, as Tristan’s demo below shows in an easy to follow step by step video, it’s a refined, balanced and delicious (and crucially for home cocktail making) easy to make drink.

A true cosmo calls for citrus (lemon) vodka but you can sub that for gin if that works better for you, with the subtle pink hue coming from the cranberry juice (not raspberry or strawberry as you might have thought).

Chin chin!

Recipe: (per drink, make one at a time)

30ml citrus vodka (you could also use gin)

15ml Cointreau

15ml cranberry juice

15ml lime juice (better freshly squeezed but you could use concentrate)


Pre-chill your choice of martini/coupe/nick and nora glass.

Shake all of the ingredients with cubed ice (shake for at least 10-15 to make sure it’s properly chilled).

Double strain (using both the cocktail shaker strainer as well as a tea strainer if you have one, to catch small bits of ice and lime) in to your glass.

Flame a small circle of orange zest to garnish – watch the video for Tristan’s pro techniques.

Tristan Stephenson aka The Curious Bartender was head bartender at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall before co-founding eight award winning bars and restaurants in London, Bristol and Cornwall (including Muddy Cornwall fave The Rum Bar) and Black Rock whisky bar in London.  

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