How To Make A Cosmopolitan Cocktail


The last in my little flurry of classic cocktail posts for a while and just in time for New Years Eve!

Don’t forget to check out my recipes for the Amaretto Sour and Espresso Martini.

This is an all time classic. It is commonly thought of as being a girls drink, possibly because of being featured regularly on ‘Sex and The City’ but also because, properly made, it has a delicate baby-pink colour. It is a cracking drink though, whatever gender you are, so don’t be put off if you are an alpha-guy!

This cocktail originates from the 1980’s and is one of the few decent cocktails from that time that style forgot.

The key thing to have in mind when making this is that it is a blend of citrus flavours. It is NOT about cranberry juice. Yes, there is a tiny dash of cranberry in it but that is just there to provide the pink colour. If you can taste any cranberry in the drink or if it is red rather than pale pink you’ve put too much in.

The three citrus flavours come from lemon flavoured vodka, triple sec (an orange flavoured liqueur) and fresh lime juice. I have specified specific spirits but you can use alternative brands if you like. Note though that the vodka must be lemon flavoured or you are missing the whole point.

This is another twist on the basic ‘sour’ (see my post on the Amaretto Sour) and along with the ‘Bramble’ and ‘Aviation’ cocktails is one of my very favourite sours drinks. The Triple Sec provides the sweetness to offset the sourness from the lime so no need for sugar syrup as in a regular sour. The cranberry is just window dressing.

Here’s what you need:
Double measure (50ml) of Absolut Citron Vodka
Single measure (25ml) of Cointreau
Single measure (25ml) of fresh lime juice
A small splash (half a measure or 15ml) of cranberry juice
Strip of orange peel to garnish.
Optional: a couple of shakes of Orange Bitters
Cocktail Shaker
Martini glass

Here’s what you do:

Put a fistful of ice in the shaker. Chill the glass(es) at the same time with a few cubes of ice and a small slop of cold water (better still keep a couple of martini glasses in the freezer at all times, as I do!)

Measure out and pour in the spirits and lime juice. Add the orange bitters if you like (they intensify the flavours a little) and the give the whole lot a really good shake.

Empty the glass (or take it from the freezer) and carefully strain the cocktail in to it. Add a good twist of orange peel to garnish and serve.


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