Last Updated on February 10, 2024 by David Michael


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A modern member of the sour family, a Cosmopolitan is clean and tart – not overly sweet. Fresh lime juice really makes a huge impact on the flavor.

Created in 1988 by Toby Cecchini at New York City’s Odeon the Cosmopolitan was a runaway hit. We can thank the Sex and the City television adaption for the Cosmo showing up everywhere – and we’re thankful for it. Mix up a refreshing Cosmopolitan today.

Cosmopolitan Recipe

2 ounces citrus vodka
¾ ounce Cointreau
1 ounce cranberry juice cocktail
¼ ounce fresh lime juice
Garnish: lime wheel or orange twist

In a cocktail shaker combine the vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, and lime juice with ice.
Shake well.
Strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with lime wheel or orange twist.

The cosmopolitan is part of our selection of not too sweet Valentine’s Cocktails.
For another modern cocktail that has become a classic try the Death and Taxes Cocktail.

Browse all of our cocktail recipes in our Cocktail Recipe Index.

Recommended Products for the Cosmopolitan

Riedel Vinum Martini Glasses

The perfect size for this recipe. I love my Vinum martini glasses, they’re sturdy and have graceful lines. I photographed the Cosmopolitan using the Riedel Vinum Martini glasses.

 Riedel VINUM Martini Glasses, Set of 2 - ,Clear

Riedel Extreme Martini Glasses

The larger Extreme martini glass is great if you are serving doubles. These hold a generous 8 ounces each.

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Double Wall Insulated Cocktail Shaker by Barfly

This shaker is the perfect size for a pair of cosmos. I love that no matter how long I shake, the body doesn’t get cold or covered with condensation. And any leftover cocktails stay ice cold all thanks to this insulated shaker. I have the polished stainless but it is available in several great finishes.

Barfly double wall insulated cocktail shaker

Zulay Professional Heavy Duty Citrus Juicer

I love this countertop juicer. It’s heavy cast iron construction makes short work of any citrus you need juicing, from limes to grapefruit. Fresh lime juice really makes a huge difference in your cocktail.

Zulay Professional Heavy Duty Citrus Juicer

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