How to make a Classic Cosmopolitan

How To Make Classic Cosmo

It’s Carrie Bradshaw’s Cocktail of Choice

With 90’s fashion making a comeback, let’s shine the spotlight on this 90’s classic cocktail. This is how you mix up a Classic Cosmo!

How to make a Classic Cosmo

Cosmopolitan. With 90’s fashion making a comeback, it seems only fitting that a drink iconic to the decade should be given the spotlight as a classic cocktail. I think Carrie Bradshaw would be quite pleased.

The Cosmopolitan is a descendant of a drink called the Daisy (circa 1934), a drink composed of gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, and raspberry syrup. Years later, three people can be credited with formulating the Cosmo recipe. The original came from bartender Cheryl Cook in 1985 at The Strand in Miami’s South Beach. According to Cook, she used “Absolut Citron, a splash of triple sec, a drop of Rose’s Lime Juice and just enough cranberry to make it oh so pretty in pink and topped [it] with a curled lemon twist.” Her goal was to create an alternative to a Martini but still keep the drink sophisticated, which is why she named the cocktail after the Cosmopolitan magazine.

A few years later in New York, Toby Cecchini of The Odeon and Dale Degroff of the Rainbow Rooms can be credited with creating the Cosmo we came to know and love. Both bartenders switched from using lime cordial to fresh lime and used Absolut Citron as their vodka, while keeping the use of Cointreau and cranberry juice the same.

Carrie Bradshaw drinking a Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan was officially launched into stardom when Madonna was photographed drinking the cocktail at the Rainbow Room Grammy party in 1996. A few years later, the widely popular TV show Sex in the City established the Cosmopolitan as an icon in pop culture, with it being the main characters’ drink of choice. From there, the cocktail took on a personality of its own and topped drink lists across the country.

Now that the nostalgia has been taken care of, let’s look at how to make a Classic Cosmopolitan.


Classic Cosmo

Yields: 1 Servings
Ingredients You’ll Need:
  • 1½ Ounces Citrus Vodka
  • ½ Ounce Cointreau
  • 1 Ounce Cranberry Juice
  • ¼ Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • Flamed Orange Twist for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:
  • Martini Glass
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker w/Strainer



Classic Cosmopolitan: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a flamed orange twist or lime wedge. Last but not least, channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and enjoy your perfectly made, stylish cocktail.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 213 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 13 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 11.4 Protein (g) 0.1 Sodium (mg) 1

How to make a Classic Cosmopolitan

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