We will avoid all Sex and the City references here, but the fact remains: This cocktail is classic for a reason. The pink-hued, Martini-style drink was a favorite of many New Yorkers and made its way into our homes.
For a good decade the Cosmopolitan might have been the most popular cocktail in America and bartenders couldn’t work a shift without making dozens of them for thirsty patrons. Naturally, its ubiquity spurred countless riffs, from the White Cosmo (St-Germain in place of Cointreau) to versions featuring gin. While the drink isn’t as popular today as it was in its heyday, the classic recipe is still very much alive.
- 2 oz vodka
- 1 oz cranberry juice cocktail
- 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
- 3/4 oz triple sec
- orange twist (for serving)
- Combine vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, and triple sec in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds.
- Strain cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a slotted spoon into a martini glass. Garnish with orange twist.