Cosmopolitan

The iconic Cosmopolitan, a cocktail made with simple ingredients such as vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, and cranberry, has a vibrant color and a taste that’s dangerously easy to sip.

A Cosmopolitan cocktail in a martini glass with a twist of orange peel floating in it.

Consider your most memorable Cosmopolitan moment, whether a drunken epiphany or a happening while out with friends or even vicariously while watching the sassy ladies from Sex and the City. Now toss together this simple cocktail and see if you can’t make a new most memorable Cosmopolitan happening.–Renee Schettler Rossi

Cosmopolitan

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Special Equipment: cocktail shaker

Ingredients


Directions

Pour the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker. Toss in some ice and vigorously shake.

Strain the pale pink Cosmopolitan into a martini glass, garnish with the twist, and serve. Originally published May 9, 2014.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

This is the first time I've tasted a Cosmopolitan and I love it. It's simple to make and very smooth going down. A nice refreshing drink that I can see myself making for guests during summer.

This is the quintessential Cosmopolitan—perfectly proportioned with a nice, sweet tang. I highly recommend purchasing 100% cranberry juice to elevate the flavor of this cocktail. Chilling your martini glass is a plus, too. Cheers!

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Comments

  1. I’ve been craving a Cosmopolitan recently, but for one reason or another each night I’ve decided not to have a mixed drink. Tonight I grabbed the opportunity to try this. It’s now “My Perfect Ten Cosmopolitan.” See, I experiment with proportions to find the right balance for me for various cocktails, and now I need look no further for a go-to Cosmo recipe. Besides having the proportions that suit my taste, this recipe makes the right amount for me. The twist of a nice, fresh, sweet orange clinched it.

  2. Cosmo Moment: My Mother -in-Law was a chronic insomniac. We Cosmo drinking cocktail hour denizens decided we would give her a Cosmo every evening to see if it would help. She drank it down much too fast (being a Methodist Tea totaler and having no notion of how to drink) and proclaimed she felt very relaxed but WOOZY with her voice going up several alarming octaves on the last syllable of the word. Thus was born a Cosmo tradition of never having one again without proclaiming our WOOZY-ness.

  3. Some years ago a friend introduced me to a drink he like which was just a custom order of vodka with a splash of cranberry juice. One night I ordered it at a restaurant and the waiter said “so you want a cosmopolitan?” Who knew – I led a sheltered life. But I started drinking and completely and thoroughly enjoying them. Couldn’t order them around the kids – they would crawl under the table. Keg beer to them was the order of the day. Now I see this recipe. Got an dinner party coming up in a few weeks. Guess what I’ll be serving? Thanks David for the reminder!

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