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Classic Cosmopolitan Cocktail in martini glasses with lime wedge held in hand on white marble

Classic Cosmopolitan Cocktail

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  • Author: Aberdeen
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 1


The perfect mix of sweet and sour, this 4 ingredient classic cosmopolitan cocktail is at its best served in a chilled martini glass with a little slice of lime!


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 ounces Vodka
  • 1 ounce Cranberry Juice*
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau, Triple Sec, or Grand Marnier (I like Cointreau best)
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice for shaking


  1. Add a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker. Pour all ingredients (except garnish) into the shaker.
  2. Cover and shake until the outside of the shaker frosts over.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime slice. Enjoy cold!


I strongly prefer my cocktails tart so I use straight cranberry juice but if you're looking for a sweeter cosmo, you can use cranberry juice cocktail instead.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Shaking