Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

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Cocktail Type


Great for

After Work



Front view of the best refreshing Cosmopolitan cocktails

We love having the girls over to catch up, gossip (yes, we all do it!), and enjoy a few cocktails—especially the kind that makes everyone linger just a little longer. 

The Cosmopolitan cocktail is the kind of drink you can serve after a long week at work, when you need your tribe to unwind and feel that joie de vivre that comes from spending time with your favourite people.  



Chill your cocktail glasses in the freezer for around 30 minutes to an hour before serving.


When making your lime peel garnish, hold the lime over the glass when peeling. That way you’re expressing even more citrus oil right into your Cosmo.


Rub the lime peel along the rim of the cocktail glass for an extra zesty surprise, before dropping it into the Cosmopolitan.



1 Person

45 Ml

1.5 Oz

1.5 Parts

15 Ml

0.5 Oz

0.5 Parts

30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

Cranberry juice  
7.5 Ml

0.25 Oz

0.25 Parts

Lime juice  
Orange or lime peel to garnish   


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Add ice to a cocktail shaker 


Add the citrus vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry, and lime juice 


Shake until properly chilled (about 30 seconds)


Strain into a coupe glass 


Garnish with either a lime or orange peel 

What’s in a Cosmopolitan cocktail?

When you’re out on the town, the Cosmo is undoubtedly one of the top cocktails to order at the bar. Although the Cosmopolitan cocktail is one of the more popular cocktails from the 60s, it’s just as popular today, and you can easily bring it to life in the comfort of your home. For the best Cosmopolitan recipe, you will need citrus-infused vodka, orange liqueur, lime and cranberry juice and an orange peel to garnish. These ingredients blend well together, creating a refreshing drink with a bit of citrusy sweetness balanced by the lovely sharpness of the lime.

How to make the perfect Cosmopolitan cocktail

Before you invite your friends, make sure you have all the Cosmopolitan cocktail ingredients on hand to pull it off. For the ultimate aesthetic serve, choose a coupe or martini glass. 

When to serve Cosmopolitan cocktails?

Someone once said, “She had a Cosmopolitan in her hand and confetti in her hair.” We love this descriptive saying so much that we might use it to caption our next cocktail Insta! The Cosmo is one of the best wedding cocktails out there. It looks pretty when served in a classic coupe glass and is potent enough to get you on the dance floor. But they’re not just for weddings! Cosmos are ideal pre-dinner drinks for elegant parties. Once you know how to make a Cosmopolitan, it’s easy to make a batch that you can keep in the fridge until your guests arrive.  

What does a Cosmopolitan cocktail taste like?

The perfect Cosmopolitan should be slightly sweet, citrusy, and tart. Getting the Cosmopolitan cocktail ingredients to mingle like they should is a delicate balancing act. Once you understand what’s in a Cosmopolitan, this easy drink will soon become a favourite for weekly get-togethers (and not just the occasional dinner party).   

How strong is the Cosmopolitan?

Don’t let the pink hues of this pretty drink fool you! A classic Cosmo is almost as strong as a Vodka Martini, at around 28%. So, while they are easy to drink, it’s best to do so slowly.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Strawberry: Replace the cranberries with muddled strawberries for a sweeter cocktail.
  • French: Use Grand Marnier (made with cognac) and grenadine instead of a normal orange liqueur. Magnifique!
  • Lemon: Add limoncello to replace the lime juice, and use plain vodka instead. Super lemony and refreshing!


To make a Cosmopolitan cocktail, you will need citrus-infused vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry juice and lime juice.

A bartender named Neal Murray is believed to have created the Cosmo—at least according to him. Legend has it he was playing around with different twists for the Kamikaze cocktail and added some cranberry juice. And just like that, a star was born.

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