The Cosmopolitan Cocktail – a Sex And The City classic! This drink was certainly popularised by the smash hit show staring Sarah Jessica Parker and company and it’s an interesting bridge between classic cocktails and the then newer generation of tropical and juice based creations.

The Cosmopolitan Cocktail is not overly sweet with lime and cranberry juices making an appearance, along with citrus vodka and a little sweetness added with the triple sec.


The Cosmopolitan Cocktail is served straight up in a chilled Cocktail glass (Martini glass)

Cosmopolitan Cocktail Ingredients

How to mix a Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Shake all ingredients with cubed ice and double strain into a chilled Cocktail glass. Garnish with a flamed orange rind twist.

Check out this video from Small Screen Network on how to flame an Orange peel garnish:

It’s quite acceptable to make the Cosmopolitan Cocktail with regular vodka if you don’t have Citrus to hand as you still get the citrus flavours from the lime juice, but you can experiment with the amount of lime to get the balance just right.

The Cosmopolitan is also great with berry vodkas such as Absolut Kurrant, a variant offered at TGI Friday’s which is often referred to as the Metropolitan Cocktail.

Many bars garnish the Cosmopolitan with a simple lime wedge perched on the edge of the cocktail glass – I’m not a fan of this, the orange peel oils make a world of difference to the flavour and aroma of the drink so I personally prefer to go with that, not to mention the theatre of flaming the garnish which is quite dramatic.

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