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The Cosmopolitan Cocktail – A Modern Classic

The Cosmopolitan Cocktail – A Modern Classic

Whether you’re planning a romantic evening at home or sharing a nightcap after an evening out, this blushing pink Cosmopolitan is the perfect cocktail for a date night for two.

I have a confession to make, it was only recently that I tasted one for the first time.

I know, I know, you’re probably wondering if I’ve been living under a rock for the past 20 years. After all, it was apparently the drink of choice of the starring characters in Sex in the City. Something I only learned when I started researching to write this post.

Just as I’d never had a Cosmo, I’ve never watched a single episode of that popular late 90s, early 2000s show. It isn’t like I hadn’t heard of Sex in the City, I was just too busy during those years raising a family for it to be of much interest to me.

And it’s not that I had never heard of a Cosmopolitan. While it may have been made famous by the hit show, there’s debate about when and by whom it was created. The drink in it’s current formulation has been around since at least the late 1970s.

It’s just that if I’m going to order a cocktail while out for supper or a get together with friends, I’m more likely to order my all time favorite cocktail, the Mai Tai.

 

But as it happened, the restaurant where Dave and I went for our 36th anniversary supper had a very small selection of cocktails from which to choose. I’d tried all the others, so I opted for the their Clock Tower Cosmo.

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Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

  • 3 oz of Citron Vodka
  • 2 oz of Triple Sec
  • ½ oz of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ oz of 100% Cranberry Juice

Or if you don’t have a cocktail jigger

  •  6 tbsp Citron Vodka
  • 4 tbsp Triple Sec
  • 2 tbsp Fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Cranberry juice

Chill your cocktail glasses by filling them with ice cubes.

Stemless martini glasses chilling with ice and a cocktail shaker and two limes in the background

Add the vodka, triple sec, lime juice and cranberry juice to the cocktail shaker.

Fill with ice and shake for about 20 seconds.

Icecube being added to the cocktail shaker to chill the Cosmo mixture

Quick tip: Wrap a tea towel around the shaker. It gets cold really fast!!

Pour the mixture into a cocktail glass and enjoy!

Cosmopolitan Cocktail being strained into a stemless martini glass

The recipe above is enough to fill one of those pretty 7. 5 oz stemless martini glasses. So if you’re making one for each of you, you’ll need to double the recipe above.

However, if you’re using a pair of vintage 3 oz martini glasses, the recipe should be enough to fill both.

To make the drink look like one you might have ordered in a restaurant or lounge, I’m including how to make three different cocktail garnishes.

Cocktail Garnish #1

To make simple lime rind curls as pictured above, cut a slice

of lime rind.

Slice of lime rind being trimmed to make a garnish for a Cosmo cocktail

Wrap the rind around a stainless steel straw.

Curling the slice of lime rind around a metal straw

Hold for a few seconds so the rind retains the curl, then add to the rim of the glasses.

Two glasses of Cosmopolitan Cocktail with curls of lime rind and a cocktail shaker and limes in the background

Cocktail Garnish #2

To make a heart garnish, cut the rind off of a slice of orange. In

sert a toothpick into either end of the orange rind as pictured below.

Orange rind with toothpick inserted into both ends to make a heart garnish for the Cosmo cocktailOrange rind with toothpick inserted into both ends to make a heart garnish for the Cosmo cocktail

Gently squeeze a point in the bottom. Be careful not to squeeze too hard or you’ll break the rind.

Squeezing orange rind to make a point to form a heart garnish

Place the orange heart garnish on the rim of the cocktail glass.

Heart orange garnish on rim of Cosmo Cocktail

Cocktail Garnish #3

If you want to really impress your significant other, you might like to try making a lime rind fan.

This third garnish is a bit fiddly and mine didn’t turn out near

ly as professional looking as the lime fan in the video that inspired me to try, but I think it turned out pretty enough!

Cut a slice off either end of a lime.

Insert the tip of your knife between the rind and the inside of the lime. Cut all the way around.

Removing the inside of the lime

Turn the lime around and do the same on the other end until you’ve cut all the way through. Push out the inside of the lime.

Cut the lime rind in half along one edge and spread it out on the cutting board. If the edge is a little jagged, trim neatly.

Lime rind having the edge trimmed off for a garnish on the Cosmo cocktail

Scrape as much of the pith off the rind as possible without breaking through the rind.

Scraping the pith off the lime rind to prepare it to make a lime rind fan garnish

Next, cut a series of slits in the rind, starting and ending approximately an inch from either end.

Cutting slits in the lime rind to make a lime rind fan garnish

You’ll end up with a piece that looks like this.

Fanning out the slits cut in the lime rind to make a lime rind fan garnish

Now, cut a slice of rind and push it onto a toothpick.

Slice of lime rind on a toothpick

Bring the two ends of the sliced lime rind together to form a fan and push the toothpick through the bottom of the fan.

Inserting toothpick into lime rind fan to create a garnish for the Cosmopolitan cocktail

Give the slice of rind a twist and push the other end onto the toothpick.

Completing the lime rind fan cocktail garnish

If you’re making this during the holidays, add a sugared cranberry on either side of the fan.

Blushing pink Cosmopolitan cocktail garnished with lime rind fan with a small bowl of sugared cranberries in the foreground

The cranberries help to balance the lime rind fan on the edge of the glass.

Other times of year, you could add a grape or half a strawberry.

Closer view of the Lime rind fan cocktail glass garnish

 

 

Remember to please drink responsibly.

There are 4 oz of liquor in each Cosmopolitan so they’re going to have a kick. This is a drink to be sipped slowly and savored for it’s smooth not overly sweet flavor.

Please do not drink and drive or if serving to a party crowd, don’t allow your guests to drink and drive.

 

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Collage photo of Cosmopolitan cocktails

Yield: 7.5 oz

The Cosmopolitan Cocktail - A Modern Classic

The Cosmopolitan Cocktail - A Modern Classic

The Cosmopolitan Cocktail is new modern classic cocktail that has a smooth, not too sweet taste. Perfect to serve for date night or the holidays.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 oz of Citron Vodka
  • 2 oz of Triple Sec
  • ½ oz of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ oz of 100% Cranberry Juice

Instructions

  1. Chill your cocktail glasses by filling them with ice cubes.
  2. Add the vodka, triple sec, lime juice and cranberry juice to the cocktail shaker.
  3. Fill with ice and shake for about 20 seconds.
  4. Pour the mixture into a cocktail glass, garnish as desired and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

7.5 oz

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 344 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 3mg Carbohydrates: 19g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 16g Protein: 0g
Please note: Nutrition information is calculated by an outside service. If you need accurate nutritional information, please take the time calculate it for yourself.

 

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2 Comments

  • Rachel
    February 15, 2019 2:36 pm

    Those garnishes are delightfully frivolous!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      February 17, 2019 5:54 pm

      They are aren’t they, Rachel! Little bits of fun. 🙂

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