Cosmopolitan Cocktail

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

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 that has a little 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 and for the ultimate aesthetic serve, choose a coupe or martini glass. 

Oh, and top tip for the best Cosmopolitan recipe? When you use the orange or lime peel to garnish, peel it straight over the drink so that the oils spray out and land in the drink. Once you’ve done that, rub the peel along the edges of the coupe glass before popping it into the liquid. It gives the Cosmo that extra burst of zesty flavor. 



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

0.5 Oz

15 Ml

0.5 Parts

1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

cranberry juice  
0.25 Oz

7.5 Ml

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 

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 we might use it 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 at 27% ABV to get you on the dancefloor. But they’re not just for weddings! Cosmos are ideal for serving during elegant parties as a pre-dinner drink. 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, slightly citrusy, and slightly 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 sophisticated drink will soon become a favorite for weekly get-togethers (and not just the occasional dinner party).  

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Since the Cosmo is most popular as a pre-dinner drink, serve them up with tasty appetizers. Think cheese platters, bruschetta, shrimp cocktails, and smoked salmon crostini.  

While the Cosmopolitan cocktail looks pretty, it definitely packs a punch. The best Cosmopolitan recipe is actually quite potent, with an ABV of around 40%. That's the same alcohol by volume as straight vodka!  

If you don't have Cointreau, we suggest replacing it with Grand Marnier or Triple Sec for its solid orange flavors.  

The perfect Cosmopolitan is a little sour (from the lime juice), a little tart (from the cranberry juice), and a little sweet (from the orange liqueur). The vodka works to balance it all out.