The Perfect Cosmopolitan for Two

The origin of the cosmopolitan is disputed, with some histories tracing it from the 1970s in Provincetown, then moving west to Cleveland and Minneapolis, and landing in San Francisco. From there, it moved back east, with the contemporary recipe mixed in 1989 in New York City. I was introduced to it by the ladies of Sex In The City in 1998. And it is still my favourite ice-cold cocktail.

The Perfect Cosmopolitan for Boating

The Perfect Cosmopolitan

Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Cocktails


  • 1 Cocktail Shaker
  • Handheld Citrus Juicer
  • 1 Martini Glass


  • 3 ounces Lemon Vodka
  • 1.5 ounce Triple Sec
  • 3 ounces Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
  • 1.5 ounce Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 6 each Frozen Cranberries


  • Chill martini glasses in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Add vodka, Triple Sec, cranberry juice and fresh lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until very cold, then let sit for 30 seconds.
  • Place three frozen cranberries in the bottom of the glass for a garnish.
  • Strain the Cosmo into the chilled martini glass.
Keyword cosmopolitan

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