Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

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Total Time5 mins

The Cosmopolitan is one of the world’s best-known cocktails. A modern classic, it became a household name around the world in the late 1990s, popularised by its frequent appearances on Sex and the City. Carrie Bradshaw’s favourite tipple has fallen out of fashion a little since then but the Cosmopolitan cocktail is a classic for a reason… it’s absolutely delicious. We think it’s well over due a revival, especially for drinks parties and girls’ nights in.

If you love shaking up cocktails at home, then the Cosmopolitan is onecocktail recipeyou really need to have up your sleeve. An authentic Cosmopolitan cocktail is a mixture of lemon-flavoured vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and the all-important cranberry juice. The result is fuschia-pink, slightly tart and seriously strong cocktail. No wonder the SATC ladies were such big fans.

The Cosmopolitan was invented in the US in the 1970s. Like many famous cocktails, its origins are disputed, but by the early 1990s it was a popular drink in stylish cocktail bars in San Francisco and New York.

We asked top mixologist Gaetano Chiavetta how to make the perfect Cosmopolitan. Follow his recipe video and you’ll be shaking up Cosmos like a professional in no time. When you’ve finished mixing your Cosmopolitan cocktail, pour it into martini glasses. For a next-level finish, set alight a twist of orange peel. This releases the citrusy oils in the peel for even more flavour.

Ready to learn how to make a Cosmopolitan cocktail? Watch Gaetano’s step-by-step video then follow our simple cocktail recipe below.

How to make a Cosmopolitan



1. Simply muddle all the liquid ingredients together in a cocktail shaker and then strain them into a chilled martini glass.

2.Pinch the orange peel and set alight to give the drink a more zesty flavour.


  • 15ml lime juice
  • 20ml cranberry juice
  • 20ml Cointreau
  • 50ml Absolut Citron vodka
  • orange peel, as a garnish