The ingredients that make up a Cosmopolitan aren’t all that bad: Just citrus vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and cranberry juice cocktail (via Liquor.com). The pink drink may not have been taken seriously by bartenders in the past, but with even more cleaned-up ingredients, it’s worth taking a second look at, according to Lynnette Marrero. The head of education for the mixology conference Bar Convent created a Cosmo Nouveau for Food & Wine, which swaps pomegranate juice for the cran cocktail. Plus, the outlet notes that whereas in the past, flavored vodkas were artificially flavored and sweetened, citrus vodkas today are infused with real fruit — another factor that ups the drink’s elegance.
Food & Wine notes that the Cosmopolitan isn’t the only ’90s drink that’s being upgraded these days. “Cocktails come in cycles,” Marrero told the outlet. “Right now we’re seeing ’90s fashion and a nostalgia for rediscovering these drinks, but from bartenders with a better arsenal of ingredients.” Other cocktails getting revamped include the Appletini, which craft cocktail pioneer Julie Reiner has updated using apple-infused gin and vodka, plus apple brandy and apple liqueur — a far cry from the original neon-green ingredients of sour apple schnapps imitation liqueur, Ketel One vodka, and sweet-and-sour mix (via Liquor.com).
“Maybe I can drink a good apple martini,” Naren Young, creative director of Miami Beach craft cocktail spot Sweet Liberty, told The New York Times. “There’s nothing wrong with it if it’s done well.”