Cosmopolitan is a classic cocktail made with vodka, cranberry juice, and orange liqueur. It is typically served in a martini glass and garnished with a twist of lemon or a slice of lime.
Shake all ingredients in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a large cocktail glass. Garnish with lime slice.
Chill all ingredients: The perfect Cosmopolitan drink requires chilled ingredients. Make sure to chill the cranberry juice, vodka, lime juice and triple sec before pouring them into the shaker.
Shake vigorously: The key to a good Cosmopolitan is to shake vigorously. This will ensure that the ingredients are well mixed, and the drink is properly aerated. Shaking for around 10 to 15 seconds should do the trick.
Use fresh lime juice: Fresh lime juice is essential for a tasty Cosmopolitan. Avoid using bottled lime juice which has a completely different flavor. Squeeze the lime yourself for best results.
Use quality ingredients: Using good quality vodka, triple sec, and cranberry juice will make a noticeable difference in the final taste of your Cosmopolitan. Opt for a high-quality vodka that is smooth and clean, and choose a 100% cranberry juice with no added sugar.
Strain and garnish: After shaking, pour the mix through a strainer to remove any ice chips. This will ensure the drink is silky smooth. Finally, garnish with a twist of lime peel or a slice of lime to add a little extra flavor and visual appeal to your drink.
A non-alcoholic alternative to Cosmopolitan can be a mocktail called “Cranberry Fizz.” To prepare this drink, one would need cranberry juice, sparkling water or soda, and lime juice. To prepare, mix a cup of cranberry juice with 1/4 cup of lime juice in a shaker. Then pour the mixture over a glass with ice and top it off with sparkling water or soda. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve chilled. This drink has a similar taste profile to the Cosmopolitan with the added benefit of being alcohol-free.