The cosmopolitan, typically referred to as the 'cosmo,' gained popularity during the 1990s when it was frequently mentioned on the television show Sex and the City. The combination of vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice, and cranberry juice have made it a timeless classic.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
total:
5 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 cocktail
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Ingredients

1
Original recipe yields 1 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine vodka, lime juice, triple sec, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, cover and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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  • Garnish with a lime wedge.

Nutrition Facts

131 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 5.6g 2% DV; fatg; cholesterolmg; sodium 1.3mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (18)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2012
I used fresh lime juice and "diet" cranberry juice. This is delicious. I tripled it only because I wanted a bigger drink. My husband keeps sneaking sips. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/31/2017
Too heavy on the vodka for me and needed more cranberry juice. Read More
24 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2012
I used fresh lime juice and "diet" cranberry juice. This is delicious. I tripled it only because I wanted a bigger drink. My husband keeps sneaking sips. Read More
(32)
Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2013
Yum! Really good im only 21 but its good! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2013
I'm w/Sarah Jo in that this makes a small "drink". It barely filled a highball glass 3/4's of the way full, w/additional cranberry juice. No biggie, just be prepared to adjust (or feel like your doing a cosmo shot) per your own personal preference. No Triple Sec, so I subbed a little lemon juice instead. I also used a sparkling cranberry juice as I prefer bubbles in my drinks. Cheers! Read More
(9)
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2014
This should be named the "classic cosmo" or "original" I had made another recipe before I found this one and it had a lot of unnecessary extra ingredients. This recipe is PERFECT and it's the one I'm using from now on. Cheers! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2013
A tad stronger than I would have liked but easily rectified by additional cranberry juice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2016
A classic drink to enjoy with your girlfriends. Perfect as written wouldn't change a thing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2016
I made these Christmas Eve. They turned out really good. I actually made a pitcher of them and dipped the rim of the glass in sugar. Everybody wanted more?? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2017
I used vanilla vodka and it was wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2018
My(wife's) tastes tend to gravitate towards more sweet and less alcohol. She's essentially a non-drinker. I add about 1/4 oz simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar) and beef up cranberry juice a bit. 1.5 oz vodka 1/2 oz Triple Sec 1 oz cranberry juice 1/2 oz fresh lime juice 1/4 oz simple syrup. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
12/31/2017
Too heavy on the vodka for me and needed more cranberry juice. Read More