Recipe: Classic Cosmopolitan cocktail

The modern day classic, popularised by Sex and the City!

a close shot of cosmopolitan in a cocktail glass with a lemon peel
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Sex & the City might have given the cosmopolitan a global platform, but its popularity is all thanks to its own merit! This lovely bar drink is slightly sweet but fully potent in giving you a solid buzz. The recipe is very simple, and involves shaking just a few liqueurs and liquors together.


The precise history of the Cosmopolitan is a bit of a mystery. That being said, Toby Cecchini is popularly credited with inventing it as it’s consumed today. Cecchini owned a Long Island Bar called the Odeon, which is where he came across the drink. He revamped it from the bad tasting but pretty looking drink it was, to its current glory!

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A simple orange peel as a garnish is a forever classic in cocktails. You can change it up in fun ways if you prefer. Float a mint leaf in the drink, or adjust a lime wedge on the glass. All of them are great options. 

Make it a couple of times for yourself or family members before trying it on dinner guests. Makes for great practice, but also gives you more reasons to enjoy a drink! 


Prep Time: 10 minutes
10 minutes



  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 0.75 oz Cointreau
  • 0.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 0.5 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 0.25 oz Simple Syrup
  • 5 - 6 Ice Cubes


  • Orange peel (twisted)


  • Martini Glass
  • Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Strainer


  • In a large shaker, add ice cubes and all the liquid elements in
  • Shake well for a minute
  • Strain the drink and pour into a martini glass
  • Finish it off with an orange peel as garnish.
  • A trendy Cosmo is ready for all your guests
a close shot of cosmopolitan with a garnish of lemon roundels
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Two Cosmopolitan cocktail glasses, with respective orange and lime peel as garnish.
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The strong flavour from the cocktail comes in from the fresh lemon juice giving in a sourness, Conitreau liqueur also gives in a bit of orange flavour that complements the citrus-ness of the lemon. Cranberry juice imparts the tartness to the cocktail. Finally, the vodka sums up the entire flavour by carefully blending in with the other flavours. 

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