Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Cosmopolitan cocktail

The Spruce

 

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
197 Calories
0g Fat
11g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 197
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 15mg 76%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 37mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The classic Cosmopolitan is a very simple drink that quickly became one of the most popular cocktails of all time. "Sex and the City" made it famous in the 1990s—it was the drink of choice of the show's glamorous Manhattan women. It soon became the ultimate girly drink, even if it's perfect for everyone alike. However, the drink is much older than that. Although its origins are disputed, it seems to have been first mixed in 1985 by Cheryl Cook in South Beach.

Most bartenders know how to make this light fruit cocktail, but you can make it at home with very few ingredients. In the Cosmopolitan, details matter, so choose your alcohol wisely. Go for the top-shelf vodka and don't use Triple Sec in lieu of Cointreau, as the latter is stronger and has a more complex flavor. Our main recipe brings you a Cosmopolitan with a drier profile. It is blush pink rather than red and not overly sweet. Many cocktail enthusiasts consider this a traditional Cosmopolitan as it is more in line with classic Martinis.

There are hundreds of variations on the Cosmo. Some use more or less cranberry juice, some another triple sec instead of Cointreau, and some include citrus or berry vodka. It's all a matter of personal preference. If your tastes run to the sweeter side, there is a variation on our Cosmo below to suit your palate. Enjoy this wonderful drink with your eyes first, take a deep sniff of the citrus peel and oils, and lastly take a sip of this fruity and enjoyable drink.

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Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Cosmopolitan Cocktail recipe
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  2. Pour the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, and cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker, then fill with ice. Shake the ingredients well.

    Cosmopolitan Cocktail recipe
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  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

    Cosmopolitan Cocktail recipe
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  4. Garnish with an orange peel. Serve and enjoy.

    Cosmopolitan Cocktail recipe
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A Sweeter Cosmo

If you prefer a sweeter cranberry flavor in your Cosmo, then this is the recipe you're looking for. It's that signature crimson cocktail that is so often served in cocktail lounges and is the version that most Cosmo fans are familiar with:

  • Shake and strain 1 1/2 ounce citrus vodka, 1/2 ounce each Cointreau and lime juice, and 1 ounce of cranberry juice in a shaker filled with ice.
  • Garnish with a citrus peel and serve.

Who Invented the Cosmopolitan?

One of the first references to the Cosmopolitan is a gin, Cointreau, lemon, and raspberry syrup mix that was published in 1934 in the Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars 1903-1933. It was not until the 70s that the drink really took off and transformed into the modern vodka-cranberry cocktail. At that time, bartenders all over the U.S. were experimenting with a cranberry version of the Kamikaze. And, as is common in cocktail stories, many people made the claim to creating the Cosmo that we know today. It's very likely that a few recipes for the Cosmo originated simultaneously. Without the internet to share your latest and greatest bar creations with the world, bartenders relied on word of mouth, bartending guides and organizations, and patrons to pass on recipes.

How Strong Is the Cosmopolitan?

The Cosmo can be as strong or as tame as you make it. Here is how these two Cosmopolitan recipes stack up with an 80-proof vodka:

The main recipe stands at 27 percent ABV (54 proof), whereas the sweeter version has a 20 percent ABV (40 proof). You can see the significant difference between the two. To put the Cosmopolitan into perspective, the average vodka Martini is 28 percent ABV. The fruity Cosmo is not as innocent as she looks and the sweeter the drink is, the easier it is to have one too many.