Perfect Cosmopolitan Cocktail 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. Jump to the Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe or watch our quick recipe video showing you 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 (we like to use Cointreau) and fresh lime. A twist of sweet fragrant orange peel and you’re set.

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Making our 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.

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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

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.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 205 / Protein 0 g / Carbohydrate 13 g / Dietary Fiber 0 g / Total Sugars 9 g / Total Fat 0 g / Saturated Fat 0 g / Cholesterol 0 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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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.

      Reply
  • 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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  • 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

    Reply
    • Joanne June 20, 2014, 12:20 pm

      Nice! We’re so glad you enjoy the recipe 🙂

      Reply
    • Ciel July 6, 2014, 6:29 pm

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

      Reply
  • Kellie May 28, 2014, 9:12 pm

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

    Reply
  • 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?

    Reply
    • 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.

      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.

    Reply
    • Joanne April 3, 2014, 11:15 am

      We usually just use Ocean Spray or similar.

      Reply
  • 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.

    Reply
    • Joanne March 16, 2014, 11:09 am

      That would be delicious! On our list to try soon 😉

      Reply
  • 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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  • 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!

    Reply
  • 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

    Reply

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