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Perfect Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

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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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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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27 Comments

1 Vespa Woolf December 30, 2012 at 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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2 leigh February 15, 2013 at 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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3 Anditover November 3, 2013 at 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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4 Joanne November 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Sounds great. Thanks for the tips.

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5 sue November 23, 2013 at 7:37 pm

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

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6 cullenco December 2, 2013 at 2:58 pm

call me blond but what is triple sec?

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7 Joanne December 3, 2013 at 12:27 pm

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

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8 Mary December 4, 2013 at 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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9 Rebecca December 13, 2013 at 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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10 Joanne December 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Haha, we see how that could happen ;)

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11 QueenB January 21, 2014 at 8:13 pm

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

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12 Josh January 27, 2014 at 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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13 Joanne January 30, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Sounds delicious!

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14 Erica February 8, 2014 at 10:05 am

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

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15 Erica February 8, 2014 at 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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16 dug February 21, 2014 at 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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17 alf February 22, 2014 at 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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18 Lori March 16, 2014 at 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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19 Joanne March 16, 2014 at 11:09 am

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

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20 Joe Kack March 25, 2014 at 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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21 Joanne April 3, 2014 at 11:15 am

We usually just use Ocean Spray or similar.

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