cosmopolitan coctel cocktail

The history and recipe of the sexy Cosmpolitan cocktail

The Cosmopolitan, red and sensual cocktail, many associated it with famous series such as Sex and the city. We tell its history and show you its recipe.

For several years, bartenders around the world wondered about the history and origin of this cocktail. And what would be the “true” version and its real creator.

There are several stories, but one of them is that the drink emerged in one of these American cities: Minneapolis, South Beach, San Francisco, Manhattan and Provincetown in Massachusetts.

Basically the recipe is like a Kamikaze cocktail with the addition of cranberry juice. It also belongs to the sour family of cocktails (spirit, citrus and sugar). It is therefore possible that independently, the bartenders in the cities mentioned above had the idea of creating the cocktail in this way. We will never really know who will be responsible for its name or its creation, not even our famous Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City.


But we have more on the origin of the Cosmopolitan

For the recipe of the Cosmopolitan cocktail made from Absolut Citron vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, cranberry juice and lemon twist, its creation is credited to Toby Cecchini, who prepared this recipe in the fall of 1988.

Said by the bartender himself, “I was working at the Odeon with a woman who had some friends from San Francisco, and they showed her this drink that was making the rounds in San Francisco bars: vodka and Rose’s lime and Rose’s grenadine, shaken and put in a martini glass with a twist of lemon,” he says. “And I’d say, ‘Oh, well, it’s very pretty, but it’s awful.”


Cosmopolitan Recipe


45 ml citrus vodka

30 ml Cointreau

15 ml fresh, freshly squeezed lime juice

7.5 ml of cranberry juice

Garnish: lime wedge

Type of glass: martini glass (chill)

Preparation: add the vodka, Cointreau, lemon juice and cranberry juice to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well until chilled. Strain into the previously chilled glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.


Join the community on Reddit

Spirits Hunters is a community dedicated to spirits and the world of mixology. Feel free to talk about the world of mixology and bartending here!