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Cosmopolitan Recipe

Happy Hour: Cosmopolitan

Whether you love them or hate them, one thing is for certain, the cosmopolitan is a cocktail that's here to stay. While I rarely order them out anymore, I do enjoy a cosmo from time to time in the comfort of my own home. The recipe is simple, and if you stock your liquor cabinet with citrus-flavored vodka (like I do), they are easy to throw together. Also, if you think about it, the reason the cosmo became so popular is because when made correctly, it's actually a well-balanced, refreshing, and delicious drink. To look at the classic recipe that was originally created by Dale Degroff at the Rainbow Room in the early 90s,




Cosmopolitan Recipe 2010-05-27 16:08:03


  1. 1 1/2 oz. citrus-flavored vodka
  2. 1/2 oz. Cointreau
  3. 1/4 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
  4. 1 oz. cranberry juice


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a twist of orange, if desired.

Makes 1 drink.

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Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
does it have to be made with citrus vodka?
kea718 kea718 7 years
I make mine with 2 parts vodka, 1 part cranberry, 1 parts Roses Lime Juice, and 1 part Triple Sec... Shake like crazy in a shaker filled with crushed ice. I don't like when cosmos are TOO orangey.
nancita nancita 7 years
Such a beautiful photo, it makes me want a cosmo!
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