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Cosmopolitan Cocktail

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Posted: 04/07/21

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The famous Cosmopolitan Cocktail, made with vodka, a orange liqueur, lime juice, and a splash of cranberry juice is your go to ladies night drink. This cocktail was made for book clubs, gossip, and laughter.

Cosmopolitan Cocktail in a glass garnished with a lemon twist

While Carrie Bradshaw might have made Cosmos famous, the first iterations of this amazing cocktail recipe date back to the 1930s. The Cosmopolitan Daisy was published in a bartending book in 1934, and it was almost exactly this same cocktail. It is believed to be the original Cosmopolitan recipe.

Cosmopolitan Cocktail Ingredients

  • Quality Vodka: Since this martini is primarily made up of vodka, you want to make sure that you use something that is high quality. Read some of our recommendations below.
  • Orange Liqueur: That same gorgeous bottle that you bought for margaritas can be used here. We also have recommendations for what variety we prefer below.
  • Lime Juice: In the world of cocktails, fresh lemon and lime juice is always preferred. That being said, you can certainly use the bottled variety in a pinch.
  • Cranberry Juice: Straight, 100%, cranberry juice is actually quite tart. Our recommendation is to use cranberry cocktail in this and our other cocktails calling for cranberry juice.
Cosmopolitan Cocktail in a glass garnished with a lemon twist

What Vodka to Use

As mentioned in the recipe card, we suggest using a top shelf vodka for this Cosmopolitan drink. The best quality vodka for the price is Grey Goose and Belvediere. That being said, there is a rumor that Costco’s Kirkland brand vodka is actually a high end vodka that has been sold to the whole store for a lower price point. It has won more than once in blind taste tests.

If you do need to go to a lower shelf to make this cocktail, we would recommend that you go with Titos. It is a good lower shelf option.

Orange Liqueur

Orange Liqueur is exactly what it sounds like, an liqueur derived from oranges. It ranges greatly in quality and alcohol content. For our cocktails, we always spring for a bottle of Cointreau. The taste and quality cannot be beat. It is at the higher end of both quality and alcohol content. As we mentioned, it is what we use in our margaritas.

Another, more affordable option is Triple Sec. While that would work for some drinks, we do not suggest it here. It is overly sweet and not as good of a fit for this high end cocktail.

Cosmopolitan Cocktail being poured intoa glass garnished with a lemon twist

How to Make a Cosmopolitan

  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a metal cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Strain the ingredients into a chilled martini glass.

How to Serve a Cosmo Drink

As mentioned above, we love straining this ice cold cocktail into a chilled martini glass with a lemon twist. Chiling martini glasses is an easy trick that we love.

How to Chill a Martini Glass

Chiling martini glasses is an easy trick that we love.

  1. Fill the martini glass with ice.
  2. Top the ice with cold water.
  3. Put the glass in the refrigerator for an hour.
  4. Before serving the cocktail, dump out the water and gently dry the glass.

Garnish

To make a lemon twist, simple cut a slice of lemon. Make a slit in one side of it and then gently cut away the inside. Twist the remaining peel and set it on the edge of your glass.

Cosmopolitan Cocktail in a glass garnished with a lemon twist

Other Great Martinis

Can’t get enough of martinis? Try some of these favorites:

Cosmopolitan Cocktail in a glass garnished with a lemon twist
5 from 4 votes

Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Serves: 1 cocktail
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
This Cosmopolitan Cocktail recipe is a classic!  It is easy to make and perfect for sipping on with friends or by yourself on a random Tuesday night.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces good quality vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces orange liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice.  Shake to combine and strain into a martini glass.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Cosmopolitan Cocktail in a glass garnished with a lemon twist

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Lisa Longley has been creating great recipes for more than a decade. While it is too hard for her to pick her favorite cocktail, she is known to love our dirty martini.

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  1. Liz says

    5 stars
    Nothing better than the classic Cosmo! You’ll have to share your tips on making those perfect lemon twists 🙂

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you Liz!! I should do a video on those!

  2. Karen K says

    I just put my martini glasses in the freezer to chill. 🍸

    • Lisa Longley says

      We hope you enjoy this one, Karen!

  3. Judi says

    5 stars
    We absolutely love this recipe! We used Svedka vodka, Triple Sec, no sugar added (100% juice) cranberry juice and fresh lemon juice, didn’t have limes. I used a tad less triple sec because of its sweetness. All of our guests agreed, the lemon juice tasted better than other cosmopolitans we’ve had made with fresh lime juice. Give it a try with fresh lemon juice. I chill my martini glasses by rinsing them with water, shaking off the excess water and placing them in the freezer while I mix up the cosmopolitans. They come out nicely frosted. Thanks for the great recipe!!

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