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The classic mixture of vodka, lime juice, cranberry and triple sec is world-famous thanks to its starring role in Sex and The City and has more than enough balance and flavour to live up to its hype. The Cosmo is tart, dry, sweet and sour, making it a refreshing and light, year-round cocktail.

Vodka, Triple Sec, Cranberry Juice, Lime Juice.

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The Cosmopolitan is a world-famous cocktail for a reason. 

The classic, Daisy-style drink grew to notoriety in the 90’s thanks to its prominence in Sex And The City, but this dry, balanced vodka cocktail predates the HBO series by at least 20 years and may even have origins as far back as the 1930’s. For those looking to create a classically themed menu or vodka based selection for their mobile bar hire the Cosmo is always a solid choice.

Cosmos may be perceived as girly drinks, but in the 21st century that kind of antiquated opinion doesn’t really hold water, it may be pink, but the Cosmo is a subtly flavoured and well thought out cocktail. A sharp, dry mixture of cranberry, lime and vodka with a gentle touch of sweet orange liqueur, this drink is classy and moreish. Finished with a flamed orange the Cosmopolitan looks as good as it tastes and is always a favourite with guests of all kinds.

Whilst it is served straight-up, similar to a lot of Martini and sour style cocktails, the addition of cranberry and lime mean the Cosmopolitan is not too strong and works perfectly alongside other more alcohol-heavy cocktails. This could be a great cocktail for those creating a classically styled menu featuring drinks like the Corpse Reviver No.2.

Cranberries are a great seasonal fruit for those planning to host a winter event, but the zing of lime and the sweetness of orange make this drink a great cocktail to serve at any time of year. Whether you’re hosting a summer party, a winter fling or even a Sex And The City themed soiree The Cosmopolitan could be a fantastic addition to your menu.

If you’re interested in featuring a Cosmopolitan on your menu and want to know more about what cocktails might work well alongside it be sure to speak to your event organiser regarding your options or check out some other vodka based, fruit flavoured and classic style cocktails from our list.


Like so many famous classics the Cosmopolitan’s history is muddy and steeped in speculation.

Some accounts state that the drink was first created as part of a marketing ploy by Absolut to sell their new ‘Absolut Citron’, lemon-flavoured vodka. Hoping to market the spirit primarily to women, Absolut approached female bartenders in Miami enlisting them to create a girly cocktail featuring the product. In the mid 1980’s they came across bartender Cheryl Cook, who was working the stick at South Beach’s Strand Restaurant. Of her creation of the drink Cook remarked:

What overwhelmed me was the number of people who ordered Martinis just to be seen with a Martini glass in their hand. It was on this realization that gave me the idea to create a drink that everyone could palate and was visually stunning in that classic glass. This is what the Cosmo was based on.”

Cook’s original recipe called for Rose’s lime cordial rather than fresh lime juice. When the drink eventually made its way to New York, the recipe was tweaked by celebrated bartender Toby Cecchini who first introduced fresh lime and created the version most widely drunk today.

The Cosmopolitan also bears a striking resemblance to a much older cocktail of the same name which was featured in Charles Christopher Murphy’s 1934 edition of Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars. Murphy’s recipe calls for 3 parts gin, 1 part triple sec, 2 parts lemon juice and a dash of raspberry syrup. This drink is a twist on a classic Daisy and would certainly have resembled the modern Cosmo both in colour and taste.

Myths & Legends

There are many conflicting accounts of how the Cosmopolitan came into existence.

As well as the stories behind this drink which we’ve already mentioned, there are a number of claims to the cocktail’s creation. One account credits the Cosmo’s popularity to the gay community of Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Yet another claim to this drink is attributed to bartender, Neal Murray, who suggests that he invented the drink while working at Minneapolis steakhouse, Cork & Cleaver, in 1975. Apparently, Murray created the drink when he added a splash of cranberry juice to a ‘Kamikaze’ and upon first taste, a customer declared: “How Cosmopolitan” which supposedly led to the cocktail’s name.

These are just a few of the many contradictory stories surrounding the Cosmopolitan’s invention and no one is sure of how exactly this cocktail came into being but despite that, the Cosmo is a world renowned and ever-popular drink.


“I’d like a cheeseburger, large fries, and a cosmopolitan.” – Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

Ingredients & Equipment

Whilst the classic recipe generally calls for lemon vodka, this ingredient doesn’t make a huge difference to the final taste of the drink, try a vodka with good texture like Black Cow and a good triple sec like Pierre Ferrand. A good quality cranberry juice is also a must, we recommend Eager juices, these 100% natural, whole-fruit juices are specially designed for use in mixology, if you can;t get hold of them though, any high-quality cranberry juice will do.


  • 40ml Citron Vodka
  • 15ml Triple Sec
  • 25ml Lime Juice
  • 15ml Cranberry Juice
  • Flamed Orange Peel to Garnish



  • Shaker
  • Jigger/Measure
  • Hawthorne Strainer
  • Fine Strainer
  • Mexican Elbow
  • Lighter
  • Martini Glass or Coupette
  • Cubed Ice
  • Chill your glass in the freezer or fill it with ice
  • Take your Boston glass or small tin
  • Using your jigger to measure, add the vodka, triple sec and cranberry juice to the shaker
  • Using your Mexican elbow and your jigger to measure, squeeze 25ml of lime juice and add it to the shaker
  • Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal using your Boston tin or lid
  • Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold
  • Remove your glass from the freezer or empty it of ice if necessary
  • Using your Hawthorne strainer and your fine strainer, double strain the cocktail into your chilled Martini glass or coupette
  • Take a thick piece of orange peel and pinch it, skin-side facing out, over the flame of your lighter to create a sparkly effect
  • Serve and enjoy!

For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.

Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.