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Cosmopolitan Recipe | How To Make A Cosmo Cocktail

A cosmopolitan is a perfect balance of sweet and sour – whether you’re lazing by the pool or wanting to celebrate, it’s a drink that’s as chic as it is stylish. Made from just a few ingredients, the cosmo is an ideal cocktail to create if you’re hosting on short notice. 

What’s In a Cosmopolitan? 

Cosmopolitans are made from vodka, orange liqueur and cranberry juice – creating its famous pink hue. Additional ingredients can easily be added to these base spirits, providing an exciting twist on the popular classic. 

How To Make A Cosmopolitan Cocktail 

A cosmo doesn’t take much effort or time to make and is an easy drink to pull together last-minute for unexpected guests. 

Equipment Needed:

Ingredients Needed: 

  • 45ml vodka 
  • 15ml Triple Sec 
  • 30ml cranberry juice 
  • 10ml lime juice 
  • Ice 


  1. Pour the vodka, Triple Sec, cranberry juice and lime juice into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add plenty of ice.
  3. Shake thoroughly until blended.
  4. Strain into a cocktail glass (generally a martini or coupe glass is used) and serve immediately.  

How To Flame Your Orange Peel For A Cosmopolitan 

An orange peel garnish makes a great addition to a cosmopolitan – adding both flavour and flare to the drink. In just a few simple steps, here’s how to flame an orange peel. 

  1. First, use a knife to cut a piece of orange peel (roughly into the size of a 10p coin), making sure you include some of the white pith too for additional flavour. 
  2. Next, gently hold the piece of peel between your thumb and forefinger, and use a lighter to carefully heat the piece of peel. 

  3. Gently squeeze the orange peel so that its oils are released into your cocktail. 

  4. Set alight to the peel very briefly, before rubbing it around the rim of the glass and placing it in the drink. 

Alternative Spiced Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe 

To shake up a classic, why not have a go at our spiced cosmo cocktail – still as fruity as the original but with a warming flavour, too! Falernum is used to diffuse an array of spices including ginger, almond, cinnamon and nutmeg, bringing the taste of Barbados straight to your door. 

Equipment Needed:

  • Cocktail glass 
  • Cocktail shaker 
  • Strainer 

Ingredients Needed:

  • 30ml vodka 
  • 30ml Triple Sec 
  • 30ml cranberry juice 
  • 15ml falernum 
  • 7ml fresh lime juice 
  • Orange slice garnish (optional) 
  • Ice


  1. Pour the vodka, Triple Sec, cranberry juice, falernum, lime juice and ice into a cocktail shaker and shake well. 
  2. Strain your spiced cosmo into the glass.
  3. Place the orange slice on the rim of the glass as a garnish before serving immediately.


Once you start making cosmopolitans, you’ll find it hard to stop. Simple yet delicious, the drink is a fun and fruity addition to serve at any kind of occasion – working especially well when complemented with cheesy appetisers. With that perfect balance of sweet orange and sharp cranberry, the cosmo is a drink that will always be in fashion.