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A classic cocktail that never grows old.You can use either white or red cranberry juice when making the drink; I prefer Ocean Spray.

A cosmo is a classic cocktail to serve before or during dinner. With just one ounce of vodka, it’s light enough to help you last the day. Cranberry and lime are great complements to the meal and a splash of soda helps lighten it even more.

The Cosmopolitan, or Cosmo to its friends, has a hotly debated history. No one knows for sure how and when the martini variation was invented; some credit the New England coast as its birthplace, while others believe that similar variations were made by numerous independent bartenders in the 1970s, but one thing is for sure…there has been a surge in popularity of the drink since it was a staple on the HBO series Sex and the City. Since then, the Cosmopolitan has maintained a girly reputation, and considering it’s lovely pink hue, it’s not hard to see why. Different variations have different colors, but the Cosmopolitan doesn’t stop being pink at heart. To celebrate the Cosmo in all of its glory, here’s how to make a Cosmopolitan.

We shake a cocktail when the ingredients are of different weights. Mixers like citrus juices are heavier than liquor, and need to be shaken in order to emulsify, aerate, and bruise the cocktail. A good rule of thumb: only shake a drink that uses juice, egg, or cream in its recipe. Experiment with this version of a Cosmopolitan for a delicious shaken cocktail.

I tried 3 cosmopolitan recipes from celebrity chefs, and the best has become my go-to cocktail

I made cosmopolitan recipes from celebrity chefs Ina Garten, Guy Fieri, and Alton Brown.

I was skeptical about the addition of sake in Fieri's recipe, and it ended up being overpowering.

Brown's cocktail took a while to make, but his and Garten's were both delicious.

Now that I've been spending more time at home, I've enjoyed trying to make classic bar drinks myself.

I tend to gravitate toward margaritas, New York sours, and Moscow mules, but I've yet to try my hand at the cosmopolitan - even after binge-watching "Sex and the City."

Vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and lime round out the standard ingredient list for the cocktail, but celebrity chefs have found ways to put their own spin on the cosmo.

I wanted to test a few variations to find a favorite, so I turned to chefs Ina Garten, Guy Fieri, and Alton Brown for their popular recipes.

Read on to see how the different cosmos stacked up.

Photo Courtesy of Liquor shares a brief list of all the contenders for cosmo inventor and comes to one conclusion. Toby Cecchini devised a Cosmopolitan recipe in 1988 during his time at New York City’s Odeon. While he may not have been the first, the consensus is that he is the person who popularized the vodka and cranberry cocktail. This is Cecchini’s recipe:

  • 2 oz Citrus vodka (Try it with Absolut Citron)
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 2 ounces Fresh lime juice
  • 1 dash Cranberry juice

Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish it with a lime wedge.

Cosmopolitan Cocktail Ingredients

There are 4 simple ingredients in this cosmo! Just keep these ingredients on hand and you can whip one up anytime.

  • Cranberry Juice – Use a cranberry juice that is sweet, like Ocean Spray. The organic, unsweetened cranberry juice will not work when making a cosmo.
  • Lime Juice – Always use fresh-squeezed.
  • Vodka – See below for some good options.
  • Cointreau – You can also try it with triple sec too.

Another option is using cranberry-pom juice blend or a cranberry-apple blend of Ocean Spray!

What you need for Cosmos

Cranberry juice – be sure not to use unsweetened cranberry juice, it’s very tart…. too tart! You need the sweet cranberry juice to get the right balance of sweet

Vodka – plain, unflavoured vodka. Use mid shelf because there’s quite a lot of vodka in Cosmos. Top shelf if your budget stretches that far….but I typically serve top shelf vodka straight

Cointreau – this is a clear orange flavoured liquor called triple sec. Cointreau is a brand of triple sec, the best, in my opinion (certainly the most well known) and

Lime juice – fresh!

With 3 full shots of alcohol, Cosmos are pretty potent!!

Best Cosmopolitan Recipes

Here’s the classic recipe from

What You’ll Need

  • 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

How to Make It

  1. Shake the ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. 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.

I'll be making Brown's and Garten's cosmopolitans again soon

Until the granita in my freezer is gone, I plan to make many more cosmopolitans following Brown's recipe, with an extra splash of vodka.

When I'm in a pitch or in the mood for a boozier cocktail, Garten's will be my go-to recipe.

Unfortunately, Fieri's sake-spiked version wasn't for me, and I don't think the rest of the recipe was interesting enough to make it again without the added spirit.

How to Make a Cosmopolitan drink (Cosmo):

Today I&rsquom mixing up what I like to call &ldquoThe Perfect Cosmo.&rdquo Many cosmos drink recipes claim to be perfect, and I&rsquom sure a lot of them are, but this one is perfect for me.

I love a good cosmo, but it&rsquos rare for me to order one out, especially around my little town, because I&rsquom nervous about what I&rsquom going to get. Will it be too strong? Will it be too sweet? Will there be sugar around the rim? (This is a bad thing by the way never rim a martini glass with sugar for a cosmo.)

Let me start by saying that this might not have been the best recipe to start with. It's very strong but certainly delicious.

There's a nice balance of lime and cranberry to take some of the edge off the liquor.

I make a lot of drinks with lime juice from a bottle for convenience, but the fresh-squeezed lime juice in this drink really made a difference by giving the cocktail a vibrant, bold flavor.

My glass has nothing on Garten's giant version, but this was plenty for me. It was a refreshing drink that went perfectly with a pleasant winter weekend in Los Angeles.

Tequila Cosmopolitan

A great alternative to the regular cosmopolitan. Delicious when prepared with a premium tequila.

  1. Add all ingredients to shaker w/ice.
  2. Shake and serve in a cocktail glass.
  3. Enjoy!!

Volume: 4.5 oz
Alcohol units: 2.9 standard drinks
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 21%


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That was excellent! I like this version (I did mine using Patron Silver Tequila) even more than the regular Cosmo!

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I'll be making Brown's and Garten's cosmopolitans again soon

Until the granita in my freezer is gone, I plan to make many more cosmopolitans following Brown's recipe, with an extra splash of vodka.

When I'm in a pitch or in the mood for a boozier cocktail, Garten's will be my go-to recipe.

Unfortunately, Fieri's sake-spiked version wasn't for me, and I don't think the rest of the recipe was interesting enough to make it again without the added spirit.

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