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Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

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Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Cosmopolitan Cocktail

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The classic Cosmopolitan is a very simple drink and it quickly became one of the most popular cocktails of all time. It's peak was in the 1990's because of its multiple appearances in the HBO show, Sex and the City, though the story begins a little earlier.

One of the first references to the Cosmopolitan is a gin, Cointreau, lemon, and raspberry syrup mix that was published in 1934 in the Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars 1903-1933. Yet, it was not until the 1970's that the drink really took off and began to form its modern vodka-cranberry version. At that time, bartenders all over the U.S. were experimenting with a cranberry version of the Kamikaze and, as is common in cocktail origins, many have made the claim to creating the Cosmo that we know today.

Most bartenders know how to make this light, fruity Martini, making it a great choice for a casual night out. There are hundreds of variations on the Cosmo, some use more or less cranberry juice, some triple sec instead of Cointreau, and some include a citrus vodka. It's all a matter of personal preference, this is the way I like it: blush pink rather than red.

The Cosmopolitan has also influenced many similar drinks and there is a list of those below the recipe.

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Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail



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

More Cosmopolitan Cocktails:

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 4 out of 5
Cosmopolitans are Versatile, Member jlstuit

I just wanted to make it clear that what the author says is true, there are many different variations to the Cosmopolitan. In fact, she clearly states that this recipe is the way she prefers the drink. Some like the drink with more juice, others with more vodka or liqueur. You can't say that any recipe is wrong. Look at the Bartenders Black Book which is used in many professional bars; the levels of Vodka and orange liqueur are very high compared to the levels of lime and cranberry juice. Although I prefer the more diluted versions, this recipe is still very good. And the fact that it was contrived from many years of trial and error and personal preference makes it even better than one you would find in a book. Any good bartender or wannabe bartender should make sure to do extensive research from various sources before making sound conclusions.

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