Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe


  • 1 ½ ounces vodka (preferably citrus vodka)
  • 1 ounce Cointreau (orange liqueur)
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • ½ ounce cranberry juice cocktail (not pure cranberry juice, which is too tart)
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge or orange twist for garnish


  • Chill your glass: Place a martini glass in the freezer to get it nice and frosty.
  • Combine Ingredients: In a cocktail shaker, add the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, and cranberry juice cocktail.
  • Fill with Ice: Fill the cocktail shaker with plenty of ice.
  • Shake Vigorously: Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously for about 30 seconds, until the outside of the shaker is frosty and the cocktail is well chilled.
  • Strain: Double strain the cocktail into your chilled martini glass. This removes any ice shards or pulp.
  • Garnish: Add a lime wedge or a twist of orange peel for a classic touch and a burst of citrus aroma.


  • Fresh Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice makes a huge difference in taste.
  • Play with Proportions: Adjust the ratio of cranberry to lime to find your perfect balance of sweet and tart.
  • Orange Twist Garnish: To create an orange twist, use a vegetable peeler to remove a piece of orange zest. Twist it gently over the cocktail to release its fragrant oils.

Enjoy your perfectly crafted Cosmopolitan!


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