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How to Make a Cosmopolitan Cocktail


The Cosmopolitan: a true classic. It is a popular cocktail that has been around since the 1970s. Although there is a female magazine that shares the same name, there’s no reason for the men out there to be ashamed to be caught drinking a Cosmopolitan Cocktail.

This vodka drink is actually one of the more popular ones other there. You’ve probably heard it informally referred to as a Cosmo. It is also featured in many popular shows and movies (namely Sex and the City).  It’s a fairly simple cocktail to make, but we’ll help you out to make sure that the process, and the drink, is as smooth as possible.

Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe:

  1. Start with 1 ounce of vodka, and pour it into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. 

    We suggest using cracked ice for this particular cocktail.

  2. Add ½ ounce of Cointreau to the shaker. 

    The Cointreau is often referred to as the “heart” of the cocktail, so don’t forget this step.

  3. Next add ½ ounce of lime juice. 

    If you can get freshly squeezed lime juice, then by all means use it. If you can’t, it’s not a big deal, so don’t stress about it.

  4. Finally, add 1 ounce of cranberry juice to the cocktail shaker. 

    This is what gives the Cosmopolitan Cocktail its unique color.

  5. Time to shake! 

    Shake your concoction well and then strain it (or double strain if you’re feeling fancy) into a chilled martini glass.

  6. The final step is to garnish your chilled cocktail glass with a lime wedge or wheel. 

    Don’t skimp on the garnish, Cosmo’s are supposed to look fancy!

Cosmopolitan Cocktail Ingredients:

  • Vodka
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Martini Glass
  • Cointreau
  • lime juice
  • Cranberry Juice

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Cosmo Cocktail
Cosmopolitan Cocktail

So there you have it; the recipe for the perfect Cosmo! If done properly, it should be a bright pink color. It’s a pretty straight forward drink, so even if you mess it up on your first try, chances are you’ll nail it on your next attempt.

So whether you’re trying to drink like the girls on Sex in the City, or just looking to try a classic for the first time, a Cosmopolitan Cocktail is great way to start your night. It’s sweet, tasty, and is just right for easing into your cocktail festivities!

If you know any variations of this cocktail, let me know and comment below!

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