World’s Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Why would you want to drink anything other than the World's Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail? The only thing girly about this drink is its color.

World's Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail
It might seem a little cocky of me to call this the World's Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail, but you're just going to have to trust me on this one. Or make it yourself to confirm. It's so refreshing, you just might never drink a different cocktail again. 

I have been messing with this recipe for years. Sure there are the classic ingredients when it comes to a cosmo, but when it comes to making cocktails, it's all about the execution and the details. Little things matter.

The only problem with being able to make a great cocktail at home is how disappointing they taste when you're out at a bar; they are too sweet, too little alcohol or too sharp tasting. Obviously the better bars and restaurants have better bartenders, but man do they hold back on that alcohol, even for you eighteen dollar drink.

One of the easiest ways to make your cocktails taste great is by using top shelf alcohol. There is a huge difference between a bottle of five dollar vodka and forty dollar vodka. And the five dollar vodka will leave you with a nice little hangover. 

Your vodka for a cosmopolitan must be a citron version, unflavored vodka will not cut it. Also, stop using triple sec in a cosmopolitan, it has such a sharp taste. Upgrade your bar cabinet with Cointreau and you will never use anything else in your drinks. It's smooth and magical with a lovely orange nuance.

World's Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail
Fresh limes are a key ingredient in this drink and one thing I cannot live without in my kitchen is my citrus press. It squeezes your lemons and limes to almost dry. It's not even possible to get as much juice out when you squeeze with your hands. Even the driest lime will yields lots of juice with this press. And it lasts for years and years. 

World's Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail
A small drink garnish in your cocktail is a nice detail to any drink. With a cosmopolitan I always add an orange peel. This particular zester makes large peels or thin zest without going into the fruit's pith. 

World's Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail
A cosmopolitan needs to be icy cold. And while this drink is shaken vigorously in ice, it benefits to an icy finish in the glass and you don't want to add ice cubes.

This is where a high performance blender comes in and the reason they are pricey. You can crush ice to snow cone consistency in 10 seconds. I then add it to a freezer bag and keep it in my freezer to scoop out when making cocktails. It will stick together but it breaks up easily. So worth it and it undoubtedly makes a difference in this drink.

World's Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail
How gorgeous is this drink? And even though it's girly pink, it has a decent amount of alcohol that even my husband loves this one. He would never order one in a bar since it's often pretty weak, but he asks for this one all the time at home. However, this refreshing drink still remains his favorite cocktail I make at home.

World's Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail
If you are have a gender reveal party or a baby shower this drink couldn't be more perfect. Serve it alongside this blue drink if appropriate for the perfect girl-boy combo.

World's Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail
After you shake the drink vigorously in a shaker, scoop in the tiny ice for the perfect ending touch.

World's Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail
How many of you started drinking cosmopolitan's after watching Sex and the City? I miss that show, but at least we have the drinks.

World's Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail
I feel a girl's night coming on?

World's Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail
Cheers everyone...let me know when you make this.

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World's Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Recipe from: Created by Cathy Pollak for | Serves: 1 drink


  • 2.5 oz citron vodka
  • 1 oz cointreau
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • 0.5 oz fresh lime juice
  • finely crushed ice
  • orange peel for garnish


  • Add vodka, cointreau, cranberry juice and fresh lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until very cold. Strain into a martini glass and finish of with a scoop of very finely crushed ice. Garnish with an orange peel.

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3 Comments and 3 Replies

  1. David E Richey 1

    ” And the five dollar vodka will leave you with a nice little hangover. “…I am curious where did you get this?

    • Cathy 2

      Cheap stuff is generally more likely to be low-quality. Congeners or fusil oils, are a byproduct of the mash fermentation process ~they are impurities. There are hundreds of types of congeners, some are higher-order alcohols (i.e. non-ethanol) that our bodies can’t and don’t really process. Essentially, our bodies treat them as a poison, and a headache is a very common symptom of poison processing. Different people are better or worse at metabolizing and flushing these toxins.

      Because all alcoholic beverages begin with fermentation, any type of alcohol may have congeners. Because cheaper alcoholic beverages begin with lower-quality ingredients, more congeners are likely to be produced at the fermentation stage. One of my favorite vodka’s is Tito’s, it is distilled six times. If you are buying bottom-shelf vodka, you’ll be lucky if it was distilled twice. Scientific evidence supports splurging on the good stuff.

  2. Now that you mentioned the pink drink/blue drink thing, you owe us a Blue Hawaiaan recipe. :-)

    You definitely didn’t go light on the alcohol here. I’ve had cosmos that were red. This is almost blush. I’m getting pleasantly tipsty jut looking at it.

    Now you made me want that lime squisher too!

  3. I’ll be on the next plane for girls night if you promise me one of these beauties. :) Love the tip about the shaved/crushed ice. Keeping my cocktail cold enough is always an issue for me. Can’t wait to try this suggestion!


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