Cosmopolitan cocktails | RecipeTin Eats


Cosmopolitan cocktails are a classic, elegant vodka cocktails made famous by the ladies of Sex and the City! Not too sweet, not too sour, super fast made with cranberry juice, lime juice, vodka and cointreau.

Serve it for elegant appetizersto celebrate the New Year or a girls’ night out!

Cosmopolitan cocktail in a bar

Cosmopolitan cocktails

I love Cosmos for how easy it is to drink – and for how I always feel like I’m channeling the New-York-Gal into me as I sip delicately!

To be honest, I live in Sydney’s North Beach. I spend my days in flip flops, denim shorts and comfy t-shirts, a whirlwind of activity between the kitchen, the filming area and my computer.

About as far from NYC as you can get.

But with a glass of Cosmo in hand? I feel a little closer to the glitz and glamor of NYC! 😂

What does the cosmos taste like?

Cosmos are sweet with a hint of lime flavor. They taste like orange cranberry juice (from Cointreau), and although there is a considerable amount of alcohol in equal parts alcohol and non-alcohol, you can’t taste it very much. They are dangerously drinkable!

Pour the cosmos from the shaker

What you need for Cosmos

Here is what you need:

  • Cranberry juice, SWEET – be careful not to use unsweetened cranberry juice is very tart…. too boring ! You need the sweet cranberry juice to get the sweet balance right. Accidentally been unsweetened? Save it – make a simple syrup with equal parts sugar and hot water to dissolve, cool, then add as needed.;

  • Vodka – plain unflavoured vodka. Use the medium shelf as there is a lot of vodka in Cosmos. Top shelf if your budget stretches that far…but I usually serve high end vodka straight.

  • Cointreau- it is a clear orange flavored liqueur called triple sec. Cointreau is a brand of triple sec, the best, in my opinion (certainly the best known).

  • Lime juice – Costs!

What goes into Cosmopolitan cocktails

With 3 full doses of alcohol, the Cosmos are quite powerful!!

How to make cosmopolitan cocktails

Just pour it all into a shaker filled with iceShake well to cool, then strain into a martini glass.

the the classic garnish is orange peel. The little extra flavor you get when you drink the Cosmopolitan brings home the orange flavor and is really lovely!

How to make cosmopolitan cocktails

When to serve cosmopolitan cocktails

Cosmos are one of those quite elegant cocktails, so they are ideal to be served at dinner parties as an aperitif. Plus, it’s a fairly short drink (as opposed to a large volume high drinks like Sunrise over tequila) so as not to fill up on cocktails before dinner.

And while I say it’s a fancy drink, I also think of Cosmos as Amusing too! Think girls’ nights (well, IN nights!), bachelorette parties, Christmas (color-themed!), Thanksgiving, and other holiday occasions!

Cosmos in a glass, ready to drink

What to serve with Cosmos

I think Cosmos is the perfect kind of cocktail to serve with appetizers. To try crostini with your choice of toppings, mini quiche Where Smoked salmon bitesor browse all my Party foods.

Cosmopolitan cocktails will also go wonderfully well with a homemade cocktail. Gravlax. It’s easy – awesome! –Nagi x

Watch how to do it

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Cosmopolitan cocktail in a bar

Cosmopolitan cocktails

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Video recipe above. A wonderful classic and elegant cocktail made famous by the ladies of Sex and the City! The key is to get the balance of each component just right so that it’s neither too sweet nor too sour.I especially love Cosmos because they are so quick and easy to make. Also works well for making a large jug and keeping it cold in the fridge. SCALE RECIPE using the slider to fit the glass/pitcher you are using.Be sure to use SWEET cranberry juice. Unsweetened (no added sugar) is too tart.


  • Fill the shaker with ice.

  • Add vodka, cointreau, cranberry juice and lime. Shake vigorously 10 times.

  • Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with orange peel.

Recipe Notes:

1. Vodka – there is a good dose of vodka in Cosmos, so make sure you use a decent vodka. Absolut is my go-to intermediate vodka. I reserve the premium (expensive) vodka to drink straight!
2. Cointreau is a sweet orange flavored liqueur, called triple sec. If you can’t find Cointreau, another brand will do.
3. Cranberry juice – do not consume “diet” unsweetened cranberry juice, you will find the drink too powerful! Need the sugar in the cranberry juice. If you accidentally went unsweetened, make a simple syrup with equal parts white sugar and hot water*, dissolve the sugar, cool, then add it to your drink to take the sourness out.
* In a cocktail emergency (I understand!), speed things up as follows: 2 parts white sugar, 1 part boiling water, stir to dissolve, then add 1 part ice for rapid cooling.
4. Food per drink.

Nutrition Information:

calories: 260callus (13%)Carbohydrates: 20g (7%)Protein: 1g (2%)Fat: 1g (2%)Saturated fat: 1g (6%)Sodium: 5mgPotassium: 65mg (2%)Sugar: 20g (22%)Vitamin C: 11mg (13%)The iron: 1mg (6%)

Originally published in October 2019. Editorial refreshed in December 2021. No changes in my Cosmos!

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