Cosmopolitan Recipe

Classic Cosmopolitan

Sophisticated ... International

Favorite Restaurant Drink Recipe

Since the late 1980's the Cosmopolitan recipe has been very popular with restaurant guests, but sales soared after it was featured in the T.V. series "Sex in the City."

Who invented this cocktail recipe is in dispute but many sources credit Florida bartender Cheryl Cook with the original version in 1986.

Her original recipe called for Absolut Citron, a splash of triple sec, a drop of roses lime juice and just enough cranberry juice to make it pink.

You'll love this cocktail recipe. It is a favorite restaurant drink recipe.

"Drink" with your eyes, first. This is one of those cocktails that needs the right glass. 

Cosmopolitan Recipe

Favorite Restaurant Drink Recipe

Preparation time: 3 minutes. Makes one cocktail.



  • 1 1/4 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • Dash of lime juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • Ice



  • Pour all ingredients in a shaker with the ice and shake well
  • Pour into glass through a strainer or serve over ice (use a Martini glass)
  • Garnish with lime and if you have a small, fresh strawberry you can add it

(My Favorite glass!)

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Did you know? The origin of the ‘Cosmo’ is unclear but we do know that in 1968 Ocean Spray was looking for more inventive ways to market their cranberry juice to adults. They printed a recipe on the side of every carton of cranberry juice for a drink they called the ‘Harpoon.’ The Harpoon called for an ounce of vodka, an ounce of cranberry and a squeeze of lime - close to the 'Cosmo' recipe.