Perfect Cosmopolitan Cocktail

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. Jump to the Cosmopolitan Cocktail recipe now or read on to see how we make it.

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.

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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.

Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

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.

How to Make a Cosmo Cocktail

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

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Recipe updated, originally posted December 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

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.

Makes 1 drink

You Will Need

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

One 2-inch orange peel/twist

Ice

Directions

    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). Shake the cocktail shaker for about 30 seconds until well chilled. Then, strain into a martini glass.

    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.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • To make 4 drinks at one time, add 1 cup vodka, 1/4 cup triple sec, 1/3 cup cranberry juice, and 2 to 4 tablespoons of fresh lime juice to a pitcher. Stir and adjust to taste. Refrigerate. When ready to serve, pour into four martini glasses and garnish with orange peel/twist.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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59 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Destend2b February 2, 2016, 6:26 pm

    Wow this Cosmo is soooooo good. Had to sub Cointreau for Triple Sec and it is fantastic.

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  • Coral November 12, 2015, 5:47 pm

    Perfect!

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    • M. Kuebler December 24, 2015, 7:24 pm

      Delicious! Thank you for the Cosmopolitan recipe! I give it 5 stars! It’s xmas eve and I needed something to start it off with!

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  • Meg November 11, 2015, 7:50 pm

    Delicious. Finally found a good Cosmo recipe

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  • Kelly November 7, 2015, 7:28 am

    Love how strong it was …like you stated!
    It was perfect!
    I like how you have the recipe for 1 and 4 servings…( love that!!! )

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  • Joséphine Walder October 24, 2015, 11:32 pm

    I like it. Thanks..

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  • Bill Giakas September 27, 2015, 6:45 pm

    Where can I get the orange peeler shown?

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    • Joanne October 16, 2015, 12:58 pm

      I think we bought it from Sur la Table — it’s Kuhm Rikon and was really cheap!

      Reply
  • Jan July 5, 2015, 7:48 pm

    How can I make it just a tad sweeter?

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    • Joanne August 10, 2015, 2:17 pm

      Hi Jan, you could add a little more cranberry juice. Adding a little honey or agave nectar works, too.

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    • Janice December 10, 2015, 7:58 pm

      You and add a little Grand Marnier to make sweeter.

      Reply
  • Denise March 25, 2015, 8:56 pm

    Very nice! Really enjoyed and it was pretty. 🙂

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    • Joanne March 26, 2015, 8:15 am

      Thank you Denise!

      Reply
  • judy mck January 29, 2015, 2:49 pm

    Do you use cranberry juice cocktail or pure cranberry juice? I have cranberry juice concentrate in my supply. I’m thinking I should go to the store….

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    • Joanne February 3, 2015, 1:40 pm

      We use cranberry juice cocktail (often Ocean Spray) — the pure cranberry juice options are too tart.

      Reply

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