Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

This Cosmopolitan may well be the best vodka sour around.

Vicky Wasik

Sidecar. Whiskey Sour. Margarita. Daiquiri. These drinks have something fundamental in common: they're all sours. Sours are fundamental cocktails. Take a base spirit, add citrus, and polish it off with a sweetener, usually (but not always) triple sec. Tweak the balance as you will, but sours, made well, are always delicious.

Sidecar: brandy, lemon juice, triple sec. Whiskey sour: Bourbon, lemon, triple. Margarita: tequila, lime, triple. Daiquiri: rum, lime, simple syrup.

Let's try a different base spirit: citrus vodka. To finish out the Sour Experience, add the requisite triple sec and citrus, in this case, lime. For variety, add another fruit flavor: cranberry, why not?

The Cosmopolitan is a cultural touchstone because once upon a time, Dale DeGroff got one into the hands of Madonna at the Rainbow Room and it became the drink to be seen with. Then HBO and SJP, of course, made the drink ubiquitous and clichéd.

Nevertheless, sours are fundamental cocktails, and the Cosmopolitan is, simply stated, the best Vodka Sour around.

Recipe Details

Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

Active 4 mins
Total 4 mins
Serves 1 serving

This Cosmopolitan may well be the best vodka sour around.


  • Ice

  • 1 1/2 ounces citrus-flavored vodka

  • 1/2 ounce triple sec (Cointreau, preferably)

  • 1/2 ounce cranberry juice

  • 1/4 ounce lime juice (fresh, fresh, fresh; no Rose's)

  • Orange twist, for garnish


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, triple sec, cranberry, and lime, and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker and cocktail strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
155 Calories
0g Fat
7g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 155
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 15mg 76%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 34mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)