Whether you love them or hate them, one thing is for certain, the cosmopolitan is a cocktail that's here to stay. While I rarely order them out anymore, I do enjoy a cosmo from time to time in the comfort of my own home. The recipe is simple, and if you stock your liquor cabinet with citrus-flavored vodka (like I do), they are easy to throw together. Also, if you think about it, the reason the cosmo became so popular is because when made correctly, it's actually a well-balanced, refreshing, and delicious drink. To look at the classic recipe that was originally created by Dale Degroff at the Rainbow Room in the early 90s, read more.
1 1/2 oz. citrus-flavored vodka
1/2 oz. Cointreau
1/4 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 oz. cranberry juice
- Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a twist of orange, if desired.
Makes 1 drink.