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Old Fashioned Cocktails- Cosmopolitan

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Old Fashioned Cocktails-Cosmopolitan:

When was the Cosmopolitan Invented?

The exact origin of the Cosmopolitan is unclear, but it is believed to have been invented in the 1970s or 1980s.

It is said to have been popularized in the 1990s by the TV show “Sex and the City,” where it was a favorite drink of the character Carrie Bradshaw.

The cocktail was created by blending vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, and triple sec to create a sweet and tart drink with a bright pink color. Over the years, different variations of the it have emerged, but the basic recipe remains the same.

What You Need

  • vodka
  • cointreau
  • fresh lime juice
  • cranberry juice
  • orange peel

How to Make it?

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, cranberry juice, cointreau, and fresh lime juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake the ingredients vigorously for 10-15 seconds, until the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a lime twist or wedge, if desired.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Tip For Making this Cocktail:

  • Use high-quality ingredients: A great cocktail starts with high-quality vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec, and fresh lime juice. Using fresh, high-quality ingredients will give the drink a smoother, more complex flavor.
  • Don’t skimp on the cranberry juice: The cranberry juice is a key ingredient in a Cosmopolitan, so make sure to use enough of it. If you like your drink on the sweeter side, you can add a little extra cranberry juice to the recipe.
  • Use freshly squeezed lime juice: Fresh lime juice is essential to give the Cosmopolitan its bright, tart flavor. Avoid using bottled lime juice, which can be bitter and lack the fresh flavor of freshly squeezed juice.
  • Shake it up: The key to it  is to shake it vigorously in a cocktail shaker with ice. This will help to blend the ingredients and create a frothy, refreshing drink.
  • Chill the glass: For a crisp and refreshing drink, make sure to chill your martini glass in the freezer before serving. This will help to keep the drink cold and prevent it from getting warm too quickly.
  • Experiment with garnishes: A classic Cosmopolitan is traditionally garnished with a lime twist, but you can also experiment with other garnishes to give the drink a fun and festive look. Try using a lemon twist, a wedge of orange, or a skewered cranberry for a pop of color.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between a Cosmopolitan and a vodka cranberry?

While both drinks contain vodka and cranberry juice, a Cosmopolitan typically also includes triple sec and fresh lime juice, which gives it a more complex and tart flavor. A vodka cranberry is a simpler, sweeter drink that only contains vodka and cranberry juice.

Can I use a flavored vodka in it?

Yes, you can use a flavored vodka in a Cosmopolitan to give the drink a different twist. Popular flavors include citrus, raspberry, and vanilla.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the it?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of the Cosmopolitan by omitting the vodka and triple sec and using cranberry juice, fresh lime juice, and a sweetener like simple syrup or agave nectar.

Can I make a pitcher of Cosmopolitans for a party?

Yes, you can make a pitcher of Cosmopolitans by scaling up the recipe and mixing the ingredients in a large container or pitcher. Just be sure to shake the mixture well with ice before pouring it into individual glasses. This is a great option for parties or gatherings where you want to serve a crowd.

Is it a strong cocktail?

The strength of a Cosmopolitan depends on the amount of vodka used. Typically, a classic Cosmopolitan recipe contains 1 1/2 ounces of vodka, which is a standard pour for a cocktail. However, the sweetness of the cranberry juice and triple sec can make the drink seem less potent.

Old Fashioned Cocktails- Cosmopolitan


Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 4 minutes

The Cosmopolitan Cocktail is the favorite of Carrie in the American drama "Sex and the City". The Cosmopolitan Cocktail has been popular in the United States, Europe and Japan under Carrie's influence. The sweet and sour taste and rich fruitiness, combined with the moderate alcohol content, make it a seductive pink in the hands of women.


  • 1 oz vodka
  • ⅓ oz cointreau
  • ⅓ oz fresh lime juice
  • ⅔ oz cranberry juice
  • 1 slice of orange peel


Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with lots of ice. Shake vigorously for several seconds and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime twist.


Some variations of the Cosmopolitan may also include a splash of orange juice or a citrus-flavored vodka. Feel free to experiment with the recipe to find the version that you like best.

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About Robin Lee

Robin is author, photographer, and cocktail enthusiast. He has a passion for life, love of mixology, and enjoys exploring the great outdoors. Robin’s cocktails are both visually stunning and bursting with flavor. He’s always pushing the boundaries of mixology and loves to experiment with unique ingredients and techniques. With Robin’s guidance, you can learn the art of mixology and create cocktails that are sure to impress.

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