How to Make a Cosmopolitan Cocktail
A Cosmopolitan cocktail includes vodka, an orange liqueur like triple sec or Cointreau, cranberry juice, and fresh lime juice. It’s similar to a Kamikaze—equal parts vodka, lime, and triple sec—but with a signature ruby-red cranberry hue. To double down on the citrus notes, many bartenders also use flavored vodka.
Classic Cosmopolitan Recipe
Prep Time5 min
Total Time5 min
- 1 ½ ounces citrus vodka
- 1 ounce cranberry juice
- ½ ounce fresh lime juice
- ½ ounce Cointreau
- ½ ounce simple syrup (optional)
- Lemon twist, lime wedge, or orange peel, for garnish
- Combine vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, and Contreau in a cocktail shaker over ice, and shake vigorously.
- Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist, lime wedge, or orange peel.
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