Perfect Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

Perfect Cosmopolitan Cockail Recipe

Not overly sweet or too tart, our cosmopolitan cocktail recipe is perfect to shake up for one or even prepare in advance for a crowd. While there are many variations, ours comes from what we (and most of our friends) keep stocked in our pantry. Good vodka, triple sec (although you could use Cointreau) and fresh lime. A twist of sweet fragrant orange peel and you’re set.

What You Need to Know – Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

When choosing the vodka, go for something mid to high range. We’ll usually stock Stolichnaya or “Stoli,” but use what you know you enjoy. The other thing to remember, here is to use fresh lime juice – not the bottled stuff. We realize it’s a little more work, but the taste is so much better.

Lastly, we love adding a little orange peel to this. Sure, it may look like an unnecessary garnish, but if you do it right, it’s adds a little sweetness and as you go into to take a sip of the cosmopolitan cocktail, you’ll get orange essence, which hides the strength and scent of the vodka.

When you add the orange peel, peel it over the drink. This way, any oils that spray out from the orange, fall into the drink. Rubbing the edges of the glass doesn’t hurt either.

Perfect Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

It’s such a fresh, bright and happy drink. Don’t you think?

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Perfect Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe
 
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Not too sweet or too tart, this cosmopolitan cocktail recipe is perfect to serve one or many. We like to use unflavored or citrus flavored vodka in this. If you can, since there is quite a lot of vodka in the recipe, choose vodka that is medium priced or that's even top-shelf. We like to use Stolichnaya. We love adding a little orange peel to this. Sure, it may look like an unnecessary garnish, but if you do it right, it’s adds a little sweetness and as you go into to take a sip of the cosmopolitan cocktail, you’ll get orange essence, which hides the strength and scent of the vodka. When you add the orange peel, peel it over the drink. This way, any oils that spray out from the orange, fall into the drink. Rubbing the edges of the glass doesn’t hurt either.
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You Will Need
FOR 1 SERVING
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) vodka
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) triple sec
  • 3/4 ounce (1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons) cranberry juice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 ounce (1 1/2 teaspoons to 3 teaspoons) fresh lime juice
  • 1 2-inch orange peel/twist
  • ice
FOR 4 SERVINGS
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) vodka
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) triple sec
  • 3 ounces (1/3 cup) cranberry juice
  • 1 to 2 ounces (2 tablespoons to 4 tablespoons) fresh lime juice
  • 4 2-inch orange peels/twists
Directions
FOR 1 Serving
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice. (We like the extra bite of extra lime juice, so we use 1/2 an ounce in our cosmopolitan cocktails. However, use what is best for your taste).
  2. Shake the cocktail shaker for about 30 seconds until well chilled. Then, strain into a martini glass.
  3. Garnish with orange peel/twist. For an extra burst of flavor, peel the orange twist over the filled cocktail glass. This way, the orange oils spray into the glass.
FOR 4 SERVINGS
  1. Add vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and the lime juice to a pitcher then stir. Refrigerate. Then, once ready to serve, pour into four martini glasses and garnish with orange peel/twist.

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31 comments… Leave a Comment

  • Vespa Woolf December 30, 2012, 6:29 am

    I like the fresh lime juice tip, and the technique of adding orange peel over the drink. Now I’m thirsty for Cosmopolitans. They are a happy drink!

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  • leigh February 15, 2013, 9:07 am

    There is nothing better than a well crafted cosmo. Maybe I’m the minority but I am so disappointed when I see an orange instead of a lime and it’s not listed on the menu description. I love the tartness of the limes and allergic to oranges. Not perfect when you have to send it back to avoid an allergic reaction.

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  • Anditover November 3, 2013, 1:51 pm

    A good Variation is to use Lemon Vodka for extra Zest, and on the subject of zest, take a generous slice of Orange peel, and with the outer skin facing down, squeeze the edges between your fingers so as to make the skin curve concave, this will spray a mist of essential oil from the pores of the skin onto the surface of your cocktail, the aroma will prickle your nose as you take your 1st sip.

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    • Joanne November 3, 2013, 3:37 pm

      Sounds great. Thanks for the tips.

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  • sue November 23, 2013, 7:37 pm

    sounds really tastey!!!!!! cant wait to try it!

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  • cullenco December 2, 2013, 2:58 pm

    call me blond but what is triple sec?

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    • Joanne December 3, 2013, 12:27 pm

      Triple Sec is an orange flavored liqueur. You can find it sold in most liquor stores.

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  • Mary December 4, 2013, 10:53 am

    I made these last night and they were terrific: flavorful, not to sweet, and not too hash. The orange rind is an important touch, and not just for looks – it really added to the flavor. I couldn’t make a fancy twist, but just peeling off a piece with a regular peeler did the trick. (I made the pitcher recipe but needed it to cool quickly, so stirred in ice and then poured it out, capturing the ice with the pitcher lid – very easy.) Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Rebecca December 13, 2013, 9:35 pm

    I did make it and it was a great balance of ingredients. One problem…the recipe was so tasty, I had one too many!! Oh yeah, I used Absolute Citron…really yummy!!!!

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    • Joanne December 16, 2013, 12:40 pm

      Haha, we see how that could happen ;)

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    • betty wilson April 27, 2014, 11:26 am

      Will it make u tipsy a little or a lot

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  • QueenB January 21, 2014, 8:13 pm

    It turns out pink, not red? Still tasted good!

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  • Josh January 27, 2014, 11:19 am

    I made a variation of this drink that I call a Dirty Cosmo.

    2 parts vodka ( I like to use Bacardi white rum instead )
    1 part cranberry juice
    1 part triple sec
    1 part chambord
    1/4 fresh lime juice
    And an Orange twist

    My family loved it at Christmas.

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    • Joanne January 30, 2014, 12:39 pm

      Sounds delicious!

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  • Erica February 8, 2014, 10:05 am

    Made your pancakes today. Best ever ! Will never buy a box mix again. Thanks.

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  • Erica February 8, 2014, 10:08 am

    Oops I posted my comment about your pancakes in the wrong spot.
    Actually, your recipe for Cosmos is the exact recipe I use. We like ours ice cold so we shake it with crushed ice. Best summer drink!
    Erica

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  • dug February 21, 2014, 11:57 pm

    tooo goood! Every third should be replaced with a glass of water or you will be stripping through the quad with everyone!

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  • alf February 22, 2014, 5:14 pm

    Great recipe, you can be a bit off, and everyone will still think it is great. Be careful with the vodka.

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  • Lori March 16, 2014, 1:45 am

    One of my favorite restaurants makes a variation they call the Pink Flamingo, which uses raspberry vodka. Very good.

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    • Joanne March 16, 2014, 11:09 am

      That would be delicious! On our list to try soon ;)

      Reply
  • Joe Kack March 25, 2014, 5:29 pm

    I really like the taste, but am unable to get that brilliant red color. What kind of Cranberry Juice are you using? The ginger Cosmopolitan is also very good.

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    • Joanne April 3, 2014, 11:15 am

      We usually just use Ocean Spray or similar.

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  • Mandy May 21, 2014, 9:22 am

    Hi,
    What kind of cranberry juice do you recommend? There is 100% juice with no sugar added and then there is the oceanspray cran juice with all kinds of stuff added? Does it matter?

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    • Joanne June 20, 2014, 2:09 pm

      We usually use the juice blends — like Ocean Spray. You can use whatever you like. Just keep in mind that when using the 100% juice without sugar, you may find you need to sweeten up the drink a touch with simple syrup.

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  • Kellie May 28, 2014, 9:12 pm

    Yummy! I just made this tonight and it’s perfect!

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  • Eugène FRANK MD June 15, 2014, 6:16 pm

    Dear Adam and Joanne,

    Thank you ;-)/)…by nature I am a wine drinker, c’est la vie…while I add Calvados, Bas-Armangnac and Champagne to the list, I adore a Cosmo, (Read: Russian Tea Room). I have collected various recipes over the years and adjusted the ratios to suit my taste: you mixture, the extra lime juice, and the shave-peel-over-glass technique, is the closet to earning an AC (Appellation Controlée)…I add two Maraschino cherries for that bird of sweetness during!!

    C’est extra…

    Eugène

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    • Joanne June 20, 2014, 12:20 pm

      Nice! We’re so glad you enjoy the recipe :)

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    • Ciel July 6, 2014, 6:29 pm

      I would call that a french Manhattan Cosmo.
      Je suis de franc et Jaime les mienne chose

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  • Ciel July 6, 2014, 6:31 pm

    Forgot the important part. I had some frozen blueberries and the second one I mulled them into the shaker. Very very good, including the original recipe

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  • Jamie August 13, 2014, 8:01 pm

    I have to make Cosmo drink in a 2.15 gallon dispenser.. I have no idea how much vodka, triple sec, lime juice and cranberry juice to use. Can you help me??

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    • Joanne August 14, 2014, 12:46 pm

      Hi Jamie, There are 32 cups in 2 gallons. In the recipe we give a recipe for a bulk batch of 4 servings. We think if you multiplied that by 18 (so 72 single servings), you should make enough to fill most of the dispenser.

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