Cocktail Guide: How to Make a Cosmopolitan

While there are certainly differences of opinion when talking about who invented the iconic Cosmopolitan cocktail and how it got its name, one thing we can all be certain of is that it took the world by storm and is enjoyed on all continents.

Whether you are already a fan or have yet to try your first Cosmopolitan, we thought it would be fun to look into the origins of this sophisticated drink and share some variations on the theme.

The Cosmopolitan cocktail boasts a rich history combined with a simple yet elegant recipe that has made it legendary in the world of mixology (the art of mixing cocktails and other drinks).

Its popularity really soared in the 1990s when it was featured prominently in the hit HBO New York-based show Sex And The City with the show’s lead characters, particularly Carrie Bradshaw and her friends, all embracing the pink-hued, Martini style drink. In fact the drink didn’t appear in the first season of the show but made its debut during the second and soon became a symbol of sophistication and cosmopolitan living for which the show was famous.

If you fancy yourself as a mixologist, here is a classic Cosmopolitan recipe for you to give a go – don’t forget to follow the measurements precisely to achieve the right balance of flavours:


  • 50ml Vodka
  • 25ml Triple sec
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 75ml Cranberry juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime twist or cranberries to garnish


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes then add all the other ingredients. Shake well for about 15 seconds to thoroughly chill and mix then pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish.

Of course, with a drink as popular and versatile as the Cosmopolitan, new variations have appeared over the years and mixologists have put their own twist and additions into the mix. 

Feel free to be creative with our basic recipe to invent your own personal version of the Cosmopolitan, or choose from some of the other options below:

Cosmopolitan 1934: This variation pays homage to the original recipe from the 1930s but includes gin instead of vodka, along with cranberry juice, lime juice and orange liqueur and a dash of raspberry syrup.

Cosmo Rita: A fun fusion of a Cosmopolitan and a Margarita which combines tequila, cranberry juice, lime juice, and triple sec. It is a tangy and refreshing twist on the classic version.

Cosmobellini: This is a sparkling version of the original which is achieved by incorporating Champagne or sparkling wine and can also include peach purée to create a celebratory or festive drink.

Kamikaze: This version omits the cranberry juice and consists of equal parts vodka, triple sec and lime juice – the result is a tart and zesty cocktail.

French Cosmopolitan: This takes the original recipe and includes a drop of grenadine syrup and some orange liqueur.

Shake vigorously and enjoy!!!