Cosmopolitan Cocktail

The Cosmopolitan cocktail is an essential drink every bartender should know. Not only is it highly popular, it's also a fantastic drink. This recipe is well-balanced, it looks great, and adds an element of showmanship with the flaming orange garnish.
Cosmopolis Cocktail Cosmopolitan Cocktail


Serve in a Martini Glass

  • 1 1/2 shots citrus vodka
  • 1/2 shot triple sec
  • 1/4 shot simple syrup
  • 1/2 shot fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 shot cranberry juice

Garnish: 1 flamed orange peel

Tools & Equipment

How to Make

  1. Add all the ingredients to your Boston shaker
  2. Shake hard for 10-15 seconds
  3. Fine strain into a chilled martini glass
  4. Add the garnish


Although it is unknown who or exactly when the Cosmo cocktail was created, it was championed by bartender & ‘King Cocktail,’ Dale DeGroff in the late 80s & early 90s. Once Madonna and the hit T.V. series ‘Sex & the City’ caught wind of it, the cocktail exploded.

Despite this being considered a ‘girly’ drink, it’s delicious and it’s one of my favorite cocktails. It’s well balanced, it looks great, and the added showmanship of the flaming orange garnish makes it an essential recipe in every bartender’s repertoire.

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