Try our recipe using classic cosmopolitan cocktail ingredients below, or check out our cosmo margaria twist. For more vodka cocktails, try our espresso martini, seabreeze cocktail, passion fruit martini, French martini, woo woo and Bloody mary. We also have more retro cocktail recipes and pink cocktail recipes here.

Our drinks expert, Hannah Guinness, shares her at-home bar tips to help you take your cosmopolitan to the next level.

What is a cosmopolitan?

This cocktail enjoyed its hey day in the late 1980s and 1990s, as well as the TV show Sex and the City, and has since fallen somewhat out of favour. Which is a shame, as this blush-pink, sweet-tart concoction is certainly worth revisiting.

Cosmopolitan ingredients

Vodka is classic here – we’ve tried and tested the best vodkas here – but gin wouldn’t go amiss if you prefer a drink with a little more botanical bite, or try swapping the Cointreau for an elderflower liqueur like St Germain to add a floral touch to the drink.

Bar hacks and garnishes

Use fresh cranberry juice in this recipe and not too much – we want to add a touch of tartness to the cocktail, anything more will dilute the drink. Use a chilled martini glass.

Take your skills to the next level with this handy cocktail kit from the olive shop. Completed with easy-to-use cobbler shaker, double jigger, fine mesh strainer and bar spoon, it has everything you need to make next-level drinks at home. Buy here.

Make it a non-alcoholic cosmopolitan

Swap the vodka for a non-alcoholic white spirit.

Cosmopolitan recipe


  • 50ml vodka
  • 20ml triple sec or Cointreau
  • 15ml lime juice
  • 50ml cranberry juice
  • to garnish orange peel


  • STEP 1

    Shake the vodka, triple sec, lime juice and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with the orange peel.


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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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