Don’t be fooled by the pretty pink color, there is nothing girly about this easy Cosmo Recipe. You only need 4 ingredients and a cocktail shaker to make this happy hour favorite.
Cosmopolitan martinis are pretty much everywhere. No matter what restaurant or bar menu you peruse, if they have cocktails, they always have a cosmo.
And what’s not to love about this classic cocktail? Fruity, but not too sweet, this easy sipper is a classic cocktail that every home bartender should know how to make.
As with most classic drinks, the ingredient list is short and sweet.
- Citrus Vodka - this is a must for a Cosmopolitan.
- Cointreau - we prefer this orange liqueur in a cosmo, but you can easily sub in triple sec or Grand Marnier.
- Lime Juice - fresh is best! It takes minutes to squeeze your own juice and is well worth the effort.
- Cranberry Juice
- Lemon Twist - a martini isn’t a martini without a fancy garnish.
One of the most important things about making a good cocktail is proper measurements. Don’t try and eyeball the amounts use a jigger for the best martini
Step 1: Fill a shaker with ice.
Step 2: Add Citrus vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and cranberry juice.
Step 3: Shake vigorously for 30 seconds to 1 minute to ensure everything is combined.
Step 4: Strain into martini glass
Step 5: Garnish with lemon twist and serve
Pro tip: Put your martini glass in the freezer when you start making the drink. The frosty glass will keep the drink colder even longer. And cosmos are best when served ICE cold!
Cranberry juice is 100 percent cranberry juice that is a little tarter than cranberry cocktail. Cranberry cocktail often has other juices mixed in with it so it is a little sweeter. Use whatever you prefer or have on hand.
If the plain cranberry juice is too tart for you, you can always had a little simple syrup to sweeten it.
Cosmos are an easy drink to make ahead of time. Simply add all of the ingredients to a mason jar or large pitcher (depending on the quantity), cover and refrigerate.
When it’s time to serve them, remove them from the fridge. If you have a pitcher, stir it well to combine the ingredients.
If you're only making a few drinks, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour the contents of the mason jar into it. Shake vigorously to get the drinks really cold and combine the ingredients.
The easiest way to make the best martinis is to be sure to measure your ingredients and shake them until they are ice cold.
These cosmos are the quintessential happy hour cocktail. Add it to your next happy hour menu along with this easy, make-ahead 7 Layer Greek Dip , some crunchy Bacon Cream Cheese Bites and a keto blooming onion.
Don’t want to play bartender at a party? Set up a DIY Martini Bar with this easy Cosmo recipe, Lemon Drop Martinis, and our favorite Elderflower Martini recipe. Your friends will have a hard time choosing which is their favorite.
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Classic Cosmo Recipe
- 2 ounces citrus vodka
- 1 ounce Cointreau or other orange liqueur
- 2 ounces cranberry Juice
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- Fill a shaker with ice and place martini glass in freezer.
- Add citrus vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice and fresh lime juice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds - 1 minute to combine.
- Remove glass from freezer. Strain contents of shaker into glass.
- Garnish with lemon twist and serve.
Nutrition info not guaranteed to be accurate.
Don't be fooled by the pretty pink color, this Easy Cosmo Recipe is the perfect balance of tart and sweet. This smooth sipper is a classic cocktail recipe that every home bartender should know by heart.