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The Cosmopolitan

Updated: Dec 24, 2020


The Cosmopolitan, or if you are a close friend, 'Cosmo', is a great cocktail. It's citrusy, alcoholic, and pink! What's not to love? The vitamin C from the lime juice and cranberry juice could almost convince you that this cocktail is some super-juice. It's not. It just disguises the taste of straight vodka. Nice try.


Some people like to whine that 'Sex and The City' ruined the famous drink with their excessive consumption of it, thus making it the 'basic bitch drink'. But let's face it, there's a reason why they like it. It's freaking delicious. Oh, and did I mention already that its PINK?!


Without further ado, let me present my Cosmopolitan.

All alcohol brands will be linked. The required ingredients for the cosmo are as follows:

  1. 1oz of cranberry juice

  2. 3/4 oz of triple sec. I ran out of Cointreau, the 'big daddy' of all triple sec, but DeKuyper produces a hell of a lot of excellent flavoured liqueurs, this one included.

  3. The juice of 1 whole lime. This can vary depending on whether you use Absolut Citron or good ol' normal vodka. More Citron, less citrus, you get the gist.

  4. 1 1/2 oz of vodka. I am using regular unflavoured vodka, but it is possible to use Absolut Citron for a smoother lemony flavour.

This week's weapons of choice will be:

  1. A glass. I am using a coupe glass for this particular drink, but you can also use a chilled martini glass. Or any glass if you're not as bothered, as long as it keeps the liquid in.

  2. A citrus squeezer. These things are such a pain in the ass when pouring into a small container. The splash zone is of a ten-mile radius.

  3. A shaker (containing ice). You want this Cosmo to be chilled.

  4. A jigger. You want to know how much vodka and liqueur is in one if you're planning on having many. And surviving till the next day.

  5. My stupid ass forgot to put the strainers in the photo, but you'll need a hawthorne strainer and a fine strainer for this drink. The hawthorne strainer keeps the ice in the shaker, and the fine strainer keeps the ice chips out of the glass. Ultimately, if you can't be arsed with the hassle, just find a way of keeping the shaker-ice from launching itself into the glass along with the Cosmo. A few ice chips never hurt anybody.

Now you're armed. Onwards cocktail-warrior!


It's a simple shake and fine strain drink, and thus, not a lot of instructions needed. "But Lili", I hear you cry, "we are lost!". Terrified, I ask you how the hell you got into my house, and then continue with my instructions.


1. Add your 1 1/2 oz of vodka, 3/4 oz of triple sec, 1 oz of cranberry juice and freshly squeezed lime juice into your iced up shaker.

2. Shake it like a polaroid picture.


3. Strain that cool pink drink out into your glass of choice.

4. Add an orange zest for garnish, if you're feeling in the mood (and aren't allergic to oranges).



And there we have it, a delicious cosmopolitan ready to knock your socks off!

P.s. Yes, this angle makes it look like a boob. And it is marvellous.


Photography Credits: Oscar Chambers


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