Of all the classic cocktails the Cosmopolitan drink is my favorite. This recipe for The Perfect Cosmo drink is what I consider to be perfection. With simple but quality ingredients, you can shake up the perfect cosmo recipe too!
The Perfect Cosmo:
I’m so excited to share this cosmo drink recipe with you! It’s one of my favorites.
Speaking of excited, this week I’m actually hanging out in New York City today. My friends at BHG invited me to team with them and Rebuilding Together to help folks who were affected by Hurricane Sandy this past October.
This particular trip was a site visit to see the area and meet a couple of the homeowners. We will be back in June for the rebuild. It’s such an important cause. I’ll share a bit more next week when I’m back home.
But since it’s Friday, I think a drink is in order!
How to Make a Cosmopolitan drink (Cosmo):
Today I’m mixing up what I like to call “The Perfect Cosmo.” Many cosmos drink recipes claim to be perfect, and I’m sure a lot of them are, but this one is perfect for me.
I love a good cosmo, but it’s rare for me to order one out, especially around my little town, because I’m nervous about what I’m going to get. Will it be too strong? Will it be too sweet? Will there be sugar around the rim? (This is a bad thing by the way; never rim a martini glass with sugar for a cosmo.)
What is in a Cosmo?
- really good vodka
- orange liqueur (I prefer Cointreau)
- cranberry juice
- freshly squeezed lime juice
So when I have a cosmo, I’m usually making them at home. What I’ve found over the years, and this applies to any martini, is that you must use very good ingredients.
Since most martinis are pretty much straight alcohol, this is not the time for cheap vodka. Pay a couple extra bucks for the good stuff. Cointreau, versus an off-brand triple sec (an orange-flavored liqueur) also makes a big difference.
What does a Cosmo taste like?
I think the cosmo is the perfect blend of flavors. The lime adds sour, the Cointreau add citrus and sweetness, and the cranberry adds berry and tartness. It’s a really delicious combination!
I don’t want to sound like a snob, but I think when any recipe is comprised of just a few ingredients, you should use the best ingredients possible. A lesson I learned from Ina Garten actually.
All right, let’s get this drink in our shakers!
Like this Cosmo drink recipe? Here are more of my favorite martinis:
- Birthday Cake Martini
- Watermelon Basil Martini
- Spicy Chipotle Pineapple Martini – Epic!
- Tiramisu Martini
- Caramel Apple Martin – fall favorite
Delicious, right? I told you! And that pink color is perfection. When I’m out and order a cosmopolitan, I can tell by the color whether it’s going to be good even before taking a sip!
Have a fabulous weekend everyone! Can you handle one more photo? It’s probably my favorite.
Sebastian (my cat) photo bomb!
I hope you enjoyed this classic cosmo drink recipe. Shake up one and let me know what you think. Cheers!
Cosmopolitan Drink / Cosmo Recipe:
The Perfect Cosmo
- 1½ oz citrus vodka
- ¾ oz Cointreau
- ¾ oz cranberry juice
- ½ oz fresh lime juice
- Lime cut into wedges
- Add the vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake vigorously.
- Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a lime wedge.