How to Make a Cosmopolitan

Every good hostess should master one great cocktail recipe, and tasty cosmopolitans are always impressive crowd-pleasers. Follow the quick technique shown in this video and your guests will be raising a glass to you in no time. Cheers!

What You Need

  • cocktail shaker with lid, strainer, ice cubes, martini glass, vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, half a lime, lime slice for garnish
Follow These Six Easy Steps
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    Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice

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    To make one drink, fill your cocktail shaker about halfway with ice cubes.

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    How To: Make A Cosmopolitan Step 1
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    Add two ounces of vodka

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    Pour two ounces, which is approximately two shot glasses or a little less than 1/4 cup, of your favorite vodka.

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    Add one ounce of cranberry juice

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    Pour one ounce of cranberry juice (or two tablespoons) into shaker.
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    Tip:</strong> Add grapefruit juice instead of cranberry juice for a signature twist.

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    Add half an ounce of orange-flavored liquer

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    Pour half an ounce (or one tablespoon) of triple sec or any other orange-flavored liqueur to give it a citrus kick.

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    Add half an ounce of fresh lime juice

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    Juice half a lime (for about half and ounce of juice) right into the cocktail shaker.

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    Cover and shake

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    Cover and shake well. This mixes the ingredients, chills the drink, and slightly dilutes alcohol with ice. Strain, serve in a Martini glass, and garnish with a lime slice.

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