Cosmo’s story in the crossword puzzle

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COSMO was used in 51 New York Times crossword puzzles, according to XWordInfo. It has been identified in several ways, including “Pink drink, for short”, “Hearst mag founded in 1886”, and “Jerry’s sitcom neighbor”. COSMO first appeared as an entry in the New York Times Crossword in 1942 with the index “First name of former Archbishop of Canterbury”. More recently, he appeared in Monday’s Puzzle, built by Alan Siegel.

Cosmopolitan cocktails, while simple, have been prevalent in pop culture for decades, making a statement on shows like “Sex and the City” in the 90s and generating buzz on Ina Garten’s Instagram account for more than 20 years. years later. With the release of the “Sex and the City” reboot “And Just Like That” and increased interest in the early 2000s, the Cosmo is ready to make a comeback.

Ina Garten’s Cosmo was a big hit on social media at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. In April 2020, Ms Garten made a Cosmo in a giant martini glass and posted a video of the process on Instagram. The video exploded in popularity, eventually garnering over 3.2 million views and generating buzz on Instagram and Twitter. “I think we all needed something fun and we needed permission to make a great cocktail party,” she said.

Ms. Garten’s recipe included vodka, either cointreau or triple sec, a cocktail of cranberry juice and lime juice. “It should be made with freshly squeezed lime juice,” Ms. Garten said. “It can’t be made with lime juice that was squeezed yesterday.” She also insists that the cocktail is best when shaken for 30 seconds.

Chris Moore, the beverage manager at Dante, a bar in New York, said many beverage experts believe Toby Cecchini should be credited with popularizing the Cosmopolitan cocktail in the modern age.

Mr. Cecchini was 25 when he created the modern take on the Cosmopolitan cocktail at the Odeon in New York in 1988. The Cosmo “was a pretty tired thing in New York” by the time “Sex and the City” came out in 1998, Mr. Cecchini said in a telephone interview. “But the show vaulted him through the entirety of the culture.”

Mr Cecchini, who wrote ‘Cosmopolitan: A Bartender’s Life’, said he originally made the drink for waitresses at the Odeon. A colleague of his at the time went out with friends in San Francisco who showed him a drink called the “Cosmopolitan”. The iteration of the drink she described to Mr. Cecchini included vodka, Rose’s lime juice and Rose’s grenadine syrup, and was popular in leather bars in San Francisco at the time. . Mr. Cecchini decided to remix the drink, turning it into the Cosmo we know today.

The word “cosmopolitan” has remained popular for decades, with Cosmopolitan magazine also playing an important role in pop culture. In the late 1800s, Cosmopolitan was a literary magazine named for its sense of worldliness and sophistication, said Jessica Pels, the current editor. When Helen Gurley Brown took over the magazine in 1965, she turned it into a fashion-forward women’s magazine to help small-town girls like her fend for themselves, Pels added. “She was the OG Carrie Bradshaw.”

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