Cosmopolitan Cocktail is a home bartenders delight! This delicious pink libation made with just a few simple ingredients is perfect anytime the mood strikes!
Made famous by the ladies of Sex and the City, the Cosmopolitan cocktail is a drink every home bartender needs to know how to make. Made with vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice and lime juice, this beautiful pink drink is the ultimate in sophistication and style. This Cosmo drink makes for a fun girls night drink, add my favorite Sangria recipe to the menu for those not quite a fan of vodka.
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Back when I just graduated college and had moved to Boise, ID (gosh, that seems like ages ago!) my boyfriend told me about this show on HBO that he thought I might like. It was about these four ladies living in New York City. He said, “I’ve only seen one episode, but I already know you will love it!” With his suggestion, I tuned into the show “Sex and The City,” and I was immediately hooked. It was a time when I had moved away from all my girlfriends, started my first job out of college and was having a tough time making new friends. In sort of a weird, desperate way Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha became my new BFF’s. Please tell me I’m not the only one!
The Cosmopolitan Cocktail Ingredients
The gorgeous pink drink in a martini glass garnished with lime was the preferred drink of the Sex and the City ladies and was something that I needed to learn how to make right away. Vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice and lime juice is all that is necessary to mix up this sophisticated Cosmo drink.
I eventually navigated my way into making some new friends in real life (PS – it is hard making friends as a grown-up more so than when you were a kid, am I right?). However, the ladies of New York City had me hook, line and sinker. I loved being a part of their lavish, albeit, utterly fictional lifestyle. Their sophisticated fashion, careers, and nightlife was something that 20-somethings dreams are made of. Consequently, this was also when I was introduced to their signature drink.
How to make a Cosmo
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add the vodka (I like Tito’s), Cointreau, cranberry juice and lime juice into the shaker, then add a tight-fitting lid.
- Shake, and then pour into a martini glass.
- Garnish with an orange rind, cranberries/lime wedge or slice.
Eventually, HBO stopped production of Sex and the City after several seasons. They made a couple of movies, which in my opinion were a bit of a disappointment. Now that I’m in my forties, I look back at my twenties and cringe a little. I’m grateful for how far I’ve come, how much I’ve learned, the family that I now have, and the friends I’ve made. But that delicious, sophisticated Cosmo recipe has stayed with me as my signature drink. Cheers!
Have fun with other Martini recipes found here.
- Lemon Drop Martini
- Peppermint Bark Martini
- Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini
- Bailey’s Flat White Martini
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini
- More drink recipes…
Tools used to make this Cosmopolitan Cocktail
Cocktail Shaker: This shaker is a bartender’s best friend! Easy to use and the best way to mix up your favorite cocktails!
Measuring Shot Glass: Make your cocktail fabulous every time with these measurement shot glasses. Each glass has ounces and teaspoon measurements printed on them so you know you’re pouring the right amount for each drink.
Martini Glasses: I’m a cocktail enthusiast and a great cocktail should be served in a quality glass.
- 1 1/2 oz. Vodka good quality
- 1 oz. Cranberry juice
- 1/2 oz. Cointreau orange liqueur (or triple sec)
- 1/2 oz. Lime juice
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add the vodka, cranberry juice, Cointreau and lime juice.
- Fit shaker with tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously. Pour into chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with cranberries, orange rind or a wedge of lime. Enjoy right away while cold.
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