The Cosmopolitan

The origins of the Cosmopolitan are shrouded in mystery with versions using gin appearing back to the 30s. The current accepted form uses vodka and seems to be a creation coming out of the American mid-west in the 70s. Or maybe from Miami in the 80s? But (ir)regardless of its origin, the Cosmo’s lovely pink hue, served in a traditional martini glass, is a delightful feast for both your eyes and mouth.



  • orange2 oz vodka (lemon-flavoured optional)
    • 1/2 oz triple sec
    • 3/4 oz cranberry juice
    • 1/4 oz fresh lime juice
    • 1 2-inch orange peel
    • ice

Add vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake the cocktail shaker to chill, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with orange peel. When you add the orange peel, peel it over the drink. Try rubbing the edges of the glass for an additional burst of zest.

The verdict: I liked it. Slightly tart, refreshing and a slow sipper. Those of us who don’t favour hard liquor weren’t as enthusiastic as there isn’t much “mix” in this one, but it’s well worth giving a try and experimenting with some variations.

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