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Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

The cosmopolitan cocktail recipe or "cosmo" gained popularity in the 1990's with a boost from television shows such as "Sex and the City". It's the perfect party drink with just a hint of glamour!

Cosmos are generally served in a large martini glass. However, cointreau rather than vermouth distinguishes this drink from a martini. Just a little cranberry juice or pomegranate juice gives this drink the perfect hint of color and flavor.

Recipe for the Cosmopolitan Cocktail


  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec or cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice of lime juice
  • lemon or lime slice for garnish
  • dash of either cranberry or pomegranate for color (optional)

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker over crushed ice. Shake and strain into a large martini glass. Garnish with a lemon or lime slice.

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