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Cosmopolitan Cocktail

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A Cosmopolitan cocktail is made with vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice.

The origins of the cocktail are debated, with claims of its first mention ranging from the 1930s to the 1990s. The popularity of the drink is said to have been sparked by Modanna, who was spotted sipping one in 1996. It was also frequently mentioned in the TV show Sex and the City, which further cemented it in pop culture.

A cosmopolitan cocktail in a martini glass with a twist of orange

What you need to make a Cosmopolitan Drink

ingredients to make a cosmopolitan
  • Vodka – Clear and strong grain alcohol. Our go-to vodka is Absolut Vodka, but you can use whatever you prefer. You may also want to try a citron vodka for an added hint of citrus flavor!
  • Cointreau – For an orange liqueur, I prefer Cointreau for Cosomopolitans. However, Triple Sec can be substituted if you prefer. Cointreau has a more nuanced orange perfume taste, while Triple Sec has a more simple and intense flavor.
  • Cranberry Juice – I prefer pure, unadulterated cranberry juice for this cocktail, but it will create a more bitter drink compared to using a cranberry juice cocktail. If you want a sweeter and easier to sip beverage I would recommend using a cranberry juice cocktail.
  • Lime Juice – Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice is the best for this cocktail. It will give the drink its distinct lime flavor and provide a texture that store-bought lime juice lacks.
  • Ice – This will only be used in the cocktail shaker, so the shape and size can be anything if it fits into the shaker. In the shaker, the ice will chill, aerate, and dilute the drink.

The equipment you will need

  • Cocktail Shaker – A Boston shaker (two cups) or Cobbler Shaker (three pieces with a built-in strainer) can shake/mix this cocktail.
  • Cocktail Strainer – If using a Boston Shaker, you must have a cocktail strainer to keep the ice out of your finished cocktail.
  • Measuring Glass – A jigger can be used, but I prefer a graduated measuring glass for this cocktail.
  • Martini Glass – A cocktail glass with a thin stem that flares out into a wide-rim bowl.
  • Citrus Juicer – To make freshly squeezed lime juice, a citrus juicer is a must-have!
  • Garnish – An Orange Twist is a great finishing touch on a Cosmopolitan. You can put it on the rim of the glass or float it in the drink.

How to make a Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Juicing a lime

Start by squeezing a whole lime to make 1oz of freshly squeezed lime juice.

Next, add vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker.

a cold Boston shaker after shaking the cocktail

Shake until super cold!

pouring the cosmopolitan cocktail from a Boston Shaker

Using a cocktail strainer, pour into a chilled cocktail glass.

How to Serve a Cosmopolitan

Traditionally, a Cosmo is served in a Coupe or Martini glass, but any glass will get the job done.

The traditional garnish for this cocktail is a twist of orange or lemon. A channel knife is a great addition to any home bar. It will allow you to make citrus twists like the pros.

A cosmopolitan cocktail in a martini glass with a twist of orange

Cosmopolitan Cocktail

A Cosmopolitan cocktail is made with vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice. It is perfect to serve at parties and other social gatherings!
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Course: Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beverage, cocktail, Cosmopolitan
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce Cranberry Juice
  • 1 ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • Ice
  • Orange Twist

Instructions

  • Chill a cocktail glass with ice.
  • Squeeze a whole lime to make 1oz of lime juice.
  • Add Vodka, Cointreau, Cranberry Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, and a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake until super cold then pour through a cocktail strainer into a Martini or Coupe glass.
  • Add a twist of orange as garnish.

Equipment

Cocktail Shaker
Jigger
Cocktail Strainer
Martini Glass
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novas44

Tuesday 11th of June 2024

It's so tasty cocktail for summer emoji. I can drink two cocktails.

Mia Jackson

Tuesday 11th of June 2024

Great drink, it has a light taste without being too sour, I often drink it with my friends and play love tester. Thanks

Deborah

Monday 3rd of June 2024

so delicious! One was enough

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