The Cosmopolitan was once a great drink. Before the rock sugar rims, the sticky-sweet mixes and the Sex and the City overkill, the Cosmo was a deliciously tart but balanced blend of citrus-flavored vodka, triple sec, lime juice and cranberry juice. In its purest form, it’s a rosy hued take on a daisy (essentially a sour that's been modified with a liqueur), but it’s also ripe for adaptation. Here, seven recipes that should redeem and repair the Cosmopolitan’s reputation.
1. Blueberry Cosmopolitan
Muddled blueberries tint this version of the cocktail a gorgeous hot pink.
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2. Cowboy Cosmo
A cross between a Cosmopolitan and a margarita, this drink uses silver tequila in place of citrus vodka.