National Cosmopolitan Day

A drink that’s often been associated with fashion, upscale urban living, and style is the Cosmopolitan. It’s a drink that’s been around since the late 1970s and 1980s but became really popular when it became a fixture on the HBO show called “Sex and the City.”

Also known as the Cosmo, this drink is a combination of vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice. Of course, there are also variations on this recipe, some of which are fantastic and some that are very interesting. This drink is still very much a loved drink, as evidenced by the celebration of National Cosmopolitan Day on May 7th.

The History Of National Cosmopolitan Day

Although many mixologists believe that the Cosmopolitan was created in the 1970s, and there is strong evidence to support that fact, there is also the possibility that this drink is based on one that’s much, much older.

A drink from the 19th century known as the Daisy. We simply don’t agree with that assessment, however. We feel that the Daisy and the Cosmopolitan are two distinct drinks, as we’ll discuss next.

The Daisy cocktail was invented in 1866, and it includes a base spirit of gin, brandy, or rum, some kind of sweetener such as grenadine, and a sour mix that included lime or lemon juice.

This is different from the Cosmo, which is made from vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice. Sure, the two drinks are served in a martini glass like a Cosmo, but ultimately the two are very different drinks.

The Daisy might have inspired the creator of the Cosmo, but it’s not a direct copy. Even though we’re not exactly sure when this holiday was invented, we do know that it was invented by freelance writer and mom, Jace Shoemaker-Galloway. She is known for writing about holidays, and this is one of the days that she created.

Although we can’t pin down the exact date when this holiday was created, we suppose that it was created sometime after the popularity of the Cosmo took off due to the HBO show “Sex and the City.”

Observing National Cosmopolitan Day

Obviously, heading to a bar or nightclub or mixing up a Cosmo at home are some of the ways that this holiday can be celebrated. However, the drink isn’t the most important part of this day.

What’s important is that people enjoy this drink with friends. So we would say that National Cosmopolitan Day is more about camaraderie and friendship than it is about a cocktail.

We believe that’s the spirit of this day, excuse the pun. Everyone planning on observing this holiday might want to let friends and family know by using the hashtag #NationalCosmopolitanDay on their social media feeds. On this day, let’s come together and raise a drink to friends, family, and fun.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 7 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
May 7 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
May 7 Sunday
Food & Drinks