Let’s take a look and find out which are the best. It’s difficult to tell you when the Cosmopolitan was invented, even Wikipedia isn’t certain! Though we all know it became popular in the ’90s through that HBO show (I’m guessing you realise I’m talking about ‘Sex in the City’?)
Best Cosmopolitan Recipes
#1. Classic Cosmopolitan
Here’s the classic recipe from TheSpruce.com:
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka or citrus vodka
- 1 ounce Cointreau orange liqueur
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1/4 ounce cranberry juice
- Orange peel for garnish
- Shake the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with an orange peel.
Tip: No matter which Cosmopolitan you choose to mix up, this is the time to break out the good vodka.
#2. Sweeter Cosmopolitan
Or this one adds simple syrup, if you want a sweeter cocktail.
1.5 oz Citrus Vodka; .75 oz Cointreau; .75 oz lime juice; .75 oz cranberry juice; .25 oz simple syrup.
Shake and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
#3. Varieties on a Cosmopolitan
Due to the Cosmopolitan becoming so popular in the ’90s, this adult beverage also gave rise to some interesting variations. There were many bartenders out there who added their own twist to the Cosmo.
Here’s a couple of other recipes you might want to experiment with:
Strawberry or Raspberry Cosmo
In both of these, you’ve guessed it, the cranberry juice is substituted for either fresh strawberries or raspberries, whichever you prefer.
If you decide the Cosmopolitan isn’t for you, check out our other vodka-based cocktails ideas at your local or home cocktail bar.