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A classic cocktail that never grows old.

You can use either white or red cranberry juice when making the drink; I prefer Ocean Spray.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces citrus vodka
  • 4 ounces white or red cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Frozen red or green grapes, for garnish

Directions

Shake the vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice together well in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a grape.


Cosmopolitan

Fresh cranberry juice and GREY GOOSE® L'Orange creates a classic Cosmopolitan cocktail.

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Ingredients

2 oz GREY GOOSE® L&aposOrange Flavored Vodka
¾ oz Triple Sec
¾ oz Cranberry Juice
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
+ Orange Twist

Method

Combine liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.

Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Garnish with orange twist.

Pro Tip

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Cosmopolitan Cocktail

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.


Cosmopolitan Recipe

Favorite Restaurant Drink Recipe

Preparation time: 3 minutes. Makes one cocktail.

  • 1 1/4 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • Dash of lime juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • Ice
  • Pour all ingredients in a shaker with the ice and shake well
  • Pour into glass through a strainer or serve over ice (use a Martini glass)
  • Garnish with lime and if you have a small, fresh strawberry you can add it

Enjoy your restaurant drink recipe and the company of those you share it with! Enjoy each and every real restaurant recipe on the website. - Donna

Did you know? The origin of the ‘Cosmo’ is unclear but we do know that in 1968 Ocean Spray was looking for more inventive ways to market their cranberry juice to adults. They printed a recipe on the side of every carton of cranberry juice for a drink they called the ‘Harpoon.’ The Harpoon called for an ounce of vodka, an ounce of cranberry and a squeeze of lime - close to the 'Cosmo' recipe.


Cosmopolitan Cocktails

When it comes to pretty in pink, no cocktail beats a cosmo. Normally it's made with vodka, but using a good quality dry gin instead adds an herbal twist that might just change.

Still cosmopolitan, but a bit more worldly. Orange bitters put a little bit of an edge on the sweet cosmo, but beneath that it's still an easy-sipping citrus drink.

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Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe Variations

Try some of these tasty variations on a classic to create deliciously different cosmos.

Purple Cosmopolitan

Remember when you were a kid, and you learned to mix colors to make new ones? Rediscover that joy by blending colorful ingredients to make a delightful purple cosmo.

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice cocktail
  • ½ ounce blue curaçao
  • ¼ ounce grenadine
  • 1½ ounces citrus-flavored vodka
  • Ice
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lemon juice, cranberry juice cocktail, blue curaçao, grenadine, and citrus vodka.
  3. Add the ice and shake to chill.
  4. Strain into the chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with the lemon twist.

Pinkalicious Cosmo

Pink Whitney is the secret ingredient in this cocktail, which has a lovely pink shade and bright citrus flavor.

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice cocktail
  • ½ ounce orange-flavored liqueur
  • 2 ounces Pink Whitney
  • Ice
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and Pink Whitney.
  3. Add the ice and shake to chill.
  4. Strain into the chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with the lemon twist.

Blue Cosmopolitan

How about an ocean blue cosmo? This cosmopolitan recipe is perfect for sipping poolside or drinking on a cold winter day when you long to stick your toes in the sand.

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce white cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1 ounce blue curaçao
  • 2 ounces citrus-flavored vodka
  • Ice
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lemon juice, white cranberry juice, blue curaçao, and citrus-flavored vodka.
  3. Add the ice and shake to chill.
  4. Strain into the chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with the lemon twist.

Very Berry Cosmo

Add a bit of Chambord or another raspberry flavored liqueur for this berrylicious twist on the classic.

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice cocktail
  • ½ ounce orange-flavored liqueur
  • ½ ounce Chambord
  • 1½ ounces citrus-flavored vodka
  • Ice
  • Berries for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, cranberry juice cocktail, Chambord, orange liqueur, and citrus vodka.
  3. Add the ice and shake.
  4. Strain into the chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with berries of your choice.

Cheery Cherry Cosmopolitan

Love cherries? Try this lovely cherry flavored cosmo.

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice cocktail
  • ½ ounce orange-flavored liqueur
  • ½ ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 1½ ounces citrus-flavored vodka
  • Ice
  • Cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, cranberry juice cocktail, maraschino liqueur, orange liqueur, and citrus vodka.
  3. Add the ice and shake.
  4. Strain into the chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with a cherry.

Violet Cosmo

The delicate floral flavors of crème de violette (violet liqueur) and berry notes of crème de cassis add interesting colors, aromas, and flavors to this version of the cosmo.

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce white cranberry juice cocktail
  • ½ ounce orange-flavored liqueur
  • ¼ ounce crème de cassis
  • ¼ ounce crème de violette
  • 1½ ounces citrus-flavored vodka
  • Ice
  • Lavender sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, cranberry juice cocktail, crème de cassis, crème de violette, orange liqueur, and citrus vodka.
  3. Add the ice and shake.
  4. Strain into the chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with a cherry.

Green Machine Cosmopolitan

If the Incredible Hulk liked cosmos, one might suspect this bright green version would be his favorite.

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce white cranberry juice cocktail
  • ½ ounce orange-flavored liqueur
  • ½ ounce Midori
  • 1½ ounces citrus-flavored vodka
  • Ice
  • Cherry for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the lime juice, cranberry juice cocktail, Midori, orange liqueur, and citrus vodka.
  3. Add the ice and shake.
  4. Strain into the chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with a cherry.

Cosmopolitans, cosmopolitan drink recipes

Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of orange, and serve.

Frost the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with sugar. Stir absolut citron, blue curacao, grapefruit juice, and sugar syrup in a mixing glass with ice to prevent cloudiness. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with flamed orange peel, and serve.

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and serve.

Pour the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

Chill cocktail glass. Pour ingredients with ice into mixer and shake well. Serve straight up with a cherry.

Pour vodka and cointreau into a shaker. Squeeze in the juice of one wedge of lime. Add peach puree, a splash of cranberry juice, and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass, top with prosecco and serve.

Mix really well and serve.

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake briefly and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime twist.

Stir ingredients on ice and strain into a martini glass.

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail or martini shaker with ice and 2 squeezed lime wedges. Shake violently for 10 seconds. Strain into a martini or cocktail glass garnished with a lemon twist, and serve.

Combine the Smirnoff vodka, triple sec, fresh lime juice and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a frosted cocktail glass. Rub the rim with orange zest (if desired) and drop it into the glass. Serve.

Shake all ingredients with ice and serve over ice in an old-fashioned glass. Top with a splash of red wine. Garnish with fresh fruit, and serve.

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain.

In a shaker half-filled with crushed ice, combine all of the ingredients. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

Pour all ingredients (except grenadine) into a shaker, shake well and strain into a chilled large martini glass. Pour a drop of grenadine into the middle of the glass and let it fall to bottom. (It will color the stem red.) Garnish with a slice of lime, and serve.

Serve on the rocks. Garnish with a wedge of orange.

Muddle the cointreau and lime juice with all but one half of the strawberries in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add vodka and ice, shake well, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with the reserved strawberry half, and serve.

Shake tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice and cranberry juice together with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a whiskey sour glass and squeeze a further wedge of lime on top. Discard lime, and serve.


Recipe Notes

Making your low carb cosmopolitan recipe is so completely simple it only takes a few minutes. First, you’ll need to muddle your raspberries.

If you don’t have a muddler, a wooden spoon works well. Use a firm but gentle hand to muddle fruit to a jam-like consistency.

Don’t panic if you don’t have a cocktail shaker either. A mason jar will do the trick.

Then you can just slide the top over askew and use it to strain your cocktail. If you want to keep it for future use as a strainer, poke a few small holes in it.

Ingredient Notes

Traditional cosmos are made with cranberry juice but this low carb cosmopolitan recipe calls for raspberries which are much lower in carbs. This gives your drink that signature pinkish hue and sweet flavor.

You’ll also notice that I chose erythritol as the low carb sweetener in this low carb cosmopolitan recipe. It’s great for drinks because of the cooling effect that is has and it doesn’t spike blood sugar so its diabetes-friendly.

Tools To Make

Making this low carb cosmopolitan only takes a couple of minutes and doesn’t require any special tools. While trade tools can be nice to use, you can garner the same effect using a few simple items from your kitchen cabinets (no need to spend extra).

  • Martini glass – for serving your drink
  • Cocktail shaker or mason jar – for blending and straining ingredients
  • Muddler or wooden spoon – for muddling fruit

Viola! Could it be any easier?!

Storing Tips

This low carb cosmopolitan recipe is so simple to make it is best served fresh. Citrus and fruit juice flavors degrade quite quickly, so you’ll want to prepare this drink as close to serving time as possible.

If you’re making this low carb cosmopolitan recipe to serve a crowd, you can make it a couple of hours ahead and store it in the fridge, but your drinks will need to be shaken again at serving time.


The first step was making the cranberry granita, which needs to happen at least six hours before mixing the drink itself.

I boiled sugar, cranberries, and water together until most of the cranberries were bursting open. Then I poured the entire mixture into a food processor and blended until smooth.

The recipe says to strain this mixture onto a sheet pan before putting it in the freezer, which would help it freeze quicker.

But there just wasn't enough room in my freezer for a sheet pan to lie flat, so I used a sealable container.

Once the granita was frozen, things moved quickly.

I used a fork to shave the frozen cranberry mixture, then I measured out 2 1/2 ounces of the flavored ice and added it to a cocktail shaker filled with ice, vodka, and lime juice.

I shook the container until it sounded more liquidy and the granita melted.


Cosmopolitan

Special Equipment: cocktail shaker

Ingredients US Metric

  • 1 ounce citron vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce cranberry juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange twist, for garnish

Directions

Pour the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker. Toss in some ice and vigorously shake.

Strain the pale pink Cosmopolitan into a martini glass, garnish with the twist, and serve. Originally published May 9, 2014.

Recipe Testers' Reviews

This is the first time I've tasted a Cosmopolitan and I love it. It's simple to make and very smooth going down. A nice refreshing drink that I can see myself making for guests during summer.

This is the quintessential Cosmopolitan—perfectly proportioned with a nice, sweet tang. I highly recommend purchasing 100% cranberry juice to elevate the flavor of this cocktail. Chilling your martini glass is a plus, too. Cheers!

This is now my "go-to" Cosmo recipe.

The proportions in the recipe are perfect, although I usually add an additional splash cranberry juice. I very much prefer the orange twist as a garnish rather than a lime wedge. I always use vodka l'orange because I like the fact that it further adds to the orange, which is a great combination with the lime and cranberry. Depending on your preference, a plain or vodka citron would also be appropriate.

My only complaint is that it makes just 1 serving. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled in your cocktail shaker. All of the proportions would remain the same.

It's always nice to have a cocktail recipe that works. I've enjoyed many Cosmopolitans in restaurants and bars, and this one is right up there. I think it's the perfect blend of ingredients to warrant a really well-balanced Cosmopolitan.

I enjoyed it using Ketel One Citron and garnished it with an orange slice and a lime slice. For something a little different, I think this would be quite delicious using pomegranate vodka and POM juice.

Simple. Really good. Elegant in a martini glass. Fun. Definitely not what I usually drink, and not something that I would ever order out. However, I really enjoyed this and will be enjoying it again. Maybe this evening.

I think this has the right amount of all ingredients. It was refreshing, sweet, and just a little tart all at the same time. I've had as good—and much worse—at restaurants before. But for a make-at-home version, this is a good go-to recipe.

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Cosmopolitan

Fresh cranberry juice and GREY GOOSE® L'Orange creates a classic Cosmopolitan cocktail.

Copy link to share this cocktail

No special tools, ingredients, or prep work required.

Standard tools and techniques, with some advanced ingredients and prep.

Involves specialized tools, techniques and homemade or exotic ingredients.

Aperitif, Cocktail Hour, Digestif, Entertaining

Ingredients

2 oz GREY GOOSE® L&aposOrange Flavored Vodka
¾ oz Triple Sec
¾ oz Cranberry Juice
½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
+ Orange Twist

Method

Combine liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.

Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.

Garnish with orange twist.

Pro Tip

Behind The Bar | Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

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