03/27/2012 09:58 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How To Cocktail Video: The Cosmopolitan

While many classic drinks -- the Martini, Manhattan and Old Fashioned, for example --
date back more than a century, there's one cocktail just about any bartender will know that's not even 30 years old.

The Cosmopolitan was hands-down one of the most popular concoctions of the last decade. Its fascinating history begins in 1985, when Miami bartender Cheryl Cook first combined citrus-flavored vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and just the barest splash of cranberry juice to make it pink.

From there, the tipple caught on with a pair of New York bartenders who served a celebrity clientele. Then came Sex and the City, and the Cosmo was suddenly everywhere.

In the short video below, advisory board member Simon Ford shows you how to make this modern classic properly, and also teaches you how to flame an orange peel -- an impressive and deceptively easy bartending skill.

Click here for the full Cosmopolitan recipe.