How do you make a Cosmopolitan?

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The Cosmopolitan is one of the most popular cocktails of all time. Made from primarily vodka and other mixes, this fruity martini gained its popularity during the airing of “Sex and the City” on HBO Network, and has been one of the most requested drinks to bartenders all over the world. The plus of this drink being so prominent world-wide is that you can count on this beverage being available at nearly every bar and restaurant that you attend. The other advantage of this popular drink is that with its popularity came a lot of DIY Cosmopolitan recipes to try at home.

There are a plethora of different Cosmopolitan recipes to try that integrate many different flavors and mixtures, creating a broad spectrum of drink assortments. The possibilities are endless, and you can experiment with different flavors each time you decide to make a Cosmopolitan. These drinks are great to make in large quantities when you entertain for a group of people, or they are great to enjoy on quiet nights at home while you just watch a movie or TV.

Since there are so many different ways to make a Cosmopolitan, let’s take a look at a very generic and easy recipe that you can easily alter and modify to experiment with different flavors. This cocktail only takes three minutes to prepare and all you need is a cocktail shaker, cute martini glasses, and your friends!


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka or citrus/flavored vodka of your choice
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur of your choice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce cranberry juice
  • optional orange peel to use as a garnish


1) Pour ingredients into cocktail shaker with ice and shake until blended well.

2) Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

3) Optional: Garnish with orange peel for entertaining or for an easy, fancy drink!

Cosmopolitans are a very versatile drink that are easy to modify to fit your taste and the taste of others. Try this easy recipe to begin making your own Cosmopolitans, and then once you are comfortable with making them, start experimenting with different flavors. You will not regret mastering the skill of making your own Cosmopolitans from home.

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