Guest Post: Cosmopolitan


Chris and I are going over to Nelson’s for dinner tonight.  Here’s a pre-dinner drink to celebrate the weekend.  Cosmos were big back in the Sex and the City days.  If you like cranberry juice in your cocktail, you’ll enjoy this one.  Bottoms up!

I used to like to make and drink all kinds of cocktails when I was younger.  Lately I’ve been more of a neat whiskey drinker.  The sugary drinks give me a headache and so I usually stay away.  But since it’s getting warmer here, flowers are blooming, and birds are chirping, I wanted to make something that reminded me of warm weather.  This drink is great when you’re hosting a small get-together as it’s easy to make and requires ingredients most of us normally have already.


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  • 2 ounces of vodka, chilled in freezer (I used Tito’s)
  • 1 ounce of Cointreau
  • 1 ounce of fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • ice
  • orange peel for garnish


Cut a medium-width strip of orange peel, and remove as much pith as possible. *
Fill your martini glasses with ice and water and set aside.
Fill up your cocktail shaker with ice (about halfway or so).
Add the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, and cranberry juice to the shaker.
Shake well (I usually count slowly to 30, but this is a personal preference).
Pour into martini glasses.

*This part is optional but it definitely adds a bit more flavor complexity to the drink.  Heat up the orange peel over an open flame for a few seconds until it’s warm.  Heat it slowly or else it will burn.  Once it’s warm, the pores will open up and the essential oils will come out with a little squeeze.  Squeeze the oils into the drink and wipe the rim of the glass once around with the peel.  Then toss the peel into the drink or, if you want a little extra flair, you can cut a small strip and twist it for the garnish.



28 thoughts on “Guest Post: Cosmopolitan

  1. Yeah this drink is kind of 90’s old school, I’m not sure if people are even into them still, but for a frou-frou drink I find them tasty with enough kick to make it worth the sweetness. 🙂

  2. Oh….I love cosmo! Yes, it reminds me of Spring and Summer too. This is such a beautiful drink. 🙂 I always have this when my girlfriends visit for gatherings.

  3. I am so glad you mentioned Sex in the City! So true on the Cosmo. It has been awhile. This looks delicious. I wish I had one right now 🙂

  4. I haven’t had a Cosmo for some time but this reminds me how good they are. They have all the glamour of a cocktail but still taste of alcohol like a good grown up drink should be. Too many cocktails these days are designed to mask the taste of alcohol so to promote complete inebriation. Cosmos are Martini cocktails and shouldn’t be served long – I think you’ve got the size just right here. I used to go to a trendy cocktail bar that did the best Cosmos – the bar man used to dip the orange peel in vodka and then set fire to it and drop it in at the end! (PS thanks for the ‘like’ on my blog!)

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