Cosmopolitan Cocktail

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posted: 04/24/20

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This Cosmopolitan Cocktail is the perfect martini recipe for a girl’s night, book club, or just a quiet night at home. Made with just four simple ingredients, you will fall in love!

martini glass on a tray with a metal jigger, and metal cocktail shaker int he background, filled with cosmopolitan drink garnished with a lemon curl

I was just talking with a friend today . . . well, texting. I was asking her some advice about something and then suddenly was overcome with sadness that we couldn’t be having this conversation in person over some delicious food.

I’m an introvert, so in a lot of ways, this hasn’t been terrible for me. But I am an introvert who does need occasional social interaction. And it just hit me out of the blue today how much I wish I could have a meal or a cocktail with a friend.

So if you are feeling like me, I would encourage you to send this recipe to your friend you miss the most, and schedule a video chat with them, with you both sipping Cosmopolitans.

CLASSIC COSMO RECIPE VS. THE NEW

Originally a Cosmopolitan cocktail contained vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice, and just a splash of cranberry juice. It made it this gorgeous pale pink color.

Over time, it has evolved a little and more cranberry juice has been added. The version here has more cranberry juice, making it less strong and a little sweeter.

If you would like the original, cut the cranberry juice back to a splash. And make two.

And make sure you drink enough water beforehand.

a silver cocktail shaker pouring a pink cosmopolitan recipe into a frosted martini glass that is sitting on a white tray with a lime next to it and a metal jigger on the other side

INGREDIENTS IN A COSMOPOLITAN COCKTAIL

This cocktail recipe only has four ingredients, so you want them to be good!

  • Start with quality vodka
  • Then you need some good orange liqueur
  • Add fresh lime juice
  • And finally cranberry cocktail

WHAT VODKA BRANDS TO USE

There is a great range in vodkas, so I’m going to give you my three recommendations in order of their quality:

  1. Grey Goose – You can’t beat this quality for the price.
  2. Belvedere
  3. Titos
overhead view of a martini glass filled with pink cosmopolitan drink recipe with a lemon curl on a white tray with a silver jigger and a lime next to it

WHAT CRANBERRY JUICE TO USE

Technically we aren’t going to use actual cranberry juice. It is extremely tart. Use a Cranberry Cocktail. It will make the drink sweeter. That said, if you don’t like sweet drinks, you can go back to the authentic way of making Cosmopolitans and add just a splash.

ORANGE LIQUEUR

This recipe calls for orange liqueur, which leaves you with two real choices: Triple Sec or Cointreau. Cointreau is a top shelf version of Triple Sec, a sweet orange liqueur. They vary in alcohol content with Cointreau coming in around 40% and Triple Sec hanging out around 25%.

I highly recommend investing in a bottle of Cointreau. I use them in my famous margarita recipe, and it really does take cocktails to the next level.

HOW TO MAKE A COSMOPOLITAN

  1. Fill your martini glass with ice and water and put it in the refrigerator. If you can plan ahead it is best to leave it in there for four hours.
  2. Add ice to your metal cocktail shaker.
  3. Pour in the vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice, and cranberry juice. Give it a shake.
  4. Dump the ice water out of your martini glass and wipe it down.
  5. Strain the cocktail into the chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon peel or lime wedge.
close up of a cosmopolitan recipe in a martini glass, garnished with a lemon curl, with a silver cocktail shaker in the background

MORE MARTINIS

If you are looking for more great martini recipes, check out these classics

OTHER GREAT VODKA RECIPES

If you love vodka, I have some creative cocktail recipes for you!

If you try this Cosmo or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think! I love hearing from you!

martini glass on a tray with a metal jigger, and metal cocktail shaker int he background, filled with cosmopolitan drink garnished with a lemon curl
5 from 3 votes

Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Serves: 1 cocktail
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
This Cosmopolitan Cocktail is the perfect martini recipe for a girl's night, book club, or just a quiet night at home. Made with just four simple ingredients, you will fall in love!

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces good quality vodka see post for suggestions
  • 1 1/2 ounces orange liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice see post for suggestions (1/2 an ounce)
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake to combine and strain into a martini glass.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
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  1. Mary Jane says

    5 stars
    Love all your recipes

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you so much Mary Jane!

  2. Jessica Ford says

    5 stars
    This is my go-to drink! Did you know that the Costco brand of vodka, the one from France, is actually Grey Goose, for a fraction of the cost?

    • Annette Nuss says

      Yes, I have heard that also.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Mind. Blown! So I told this to my husband and the skeptic that he is, he started doing some research. He said that both Kirkland and Grey Goose deny this BUT Kirkland consistently beats out Grey Goose in blind taste tests.

  3. Aimara says

    5 stars
    Obsessed with this recipe! You can never go wrong with a cosmo!
    Have the best weekend girl ❤️

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Aimara!

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