A cosmopolitan is the quintessential girlfriend cocktail. It's pink, contains vodka, and is tasty. A good cosmo is like a great tea session with girlfriends. It goes with gossip and long nights. Knowing how to make a good cosmo is a skill of a good host and bartender. Knowing how to drink a few and getting some good secrets is the skill of any woman worth her weight.
Classic Cosmo should be a light pink color and just the right balance of lime juice and cranberry juice.
2 oz Citron Vodka
1 1/2 oz cranberry juice
1 oz orange liqueur
1/2 oz lime juice
Splashes of simple syrup
Recipe: In a shaker with ice, pour vodka, cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and lime juice. I add simple syrup for a little sugar but go with your taste. Some like it sweeter and some like it a little more tart. Shake until cold and pour into a chilled martini glass.
I learned to make a really good cosmo because of practice. My mom loves cosmos so when she wants one I practice the balance of the flavors until I get the perfect pink color and she tastes it. You want someone to first pucker and then nod. It's like you have a harsh first impression then feel refreshed. Of course, as much as I like a classic cocktail, I also have to update it and add in my own twist.
2 oz Citron Vodka
3/4 oz orange liqueur
3/4 oz Creme de Mure
3/4 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz lemon juice
Dashes of simple syrup
Recipe: In a shaker with ice, pour citron vodka, orange liqueur, creme de mure, cranberry juice, and lemon juice (optional dashes of simple syrup). Shake until cold. Pour into a chilled martini glass.
Yup, I had to goth it up. Adding blackberry liqueur and swapping the lime for lemon juice changes the flavors while maintaining the recipe. I added in fruit and changed the citrus so I reduced the other fruit flavors and increased the simple syrup. The color is a little darker (appropriate) and it is a little less tart. This is my go to because it adds in a little more personality.
So which is right for you? Who knows? They are both delicious and I suggest you try both and then decide.