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Chris Hennes

The Cosmopolitan

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Recipes for the Cosmopolitan seem to generally share the same ingredient list, but the ratios are profoundly different. Tonight I made Robert Hess's version, which is

  • 1.5 oz citrus vodka
  • .5 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • .75 oz lime juice

Here at eG I also see @JAZ has posted a recipe in RecipeGullet, and Dale DeGroff posted his from the Rainbow Room. I personally like Hess's inclusion of so much lime juice, but I'm a sucker for citrus. What are your preferences for this drink? Other favorite variations?



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My guests generally prefer drier drinks so I go with the one below  (not too dissimilar to Hess'). I recently went to an USBG event that was sponsored by a vodka company (we went on a field trip capped off by a bar visit that served the sponsor's product); two of us went with Cosmos, and the squirt of lime juice versus the ounce of triple sec made the thing an undrinkable candy bomb to me.


My go-to recipe at work is:

1 1/2 oz Vodka

1/2 oz Clement Creole Shrubb (or similar orange liqueur)

1/2 oz lime juice

1/2 oz Cranberry Juice

Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with an orange twist.

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