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How to Make a Cosmopolitan

Yes, they slurped cosmos by the gallon on Sex & the City, launching this pretty-in-pink drink into the super-trend stratosphere. But those ladies had the right idea: this delicious cocktail lives up to the hype.


  • Step 1: Chill glass Chill the martini glass by filling it with ice and water, and set it aside.
  • Step 2: Fill with ice Fill the cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Step 3: Slice lime Slice the lime in half, and then into quarters. Squeeze two quarters over the cocktail shaker and set the other two aside.
  • Step 4: Add vodka, liqueur & juice Add the vodka, liqueur, and cranberry juice.
  • TIP: Use citrus-flavored vodka for added zing.
  • Step 5: Shake Vigorously shake the ingredients 15 to 20 times.
  • TIP: Stop shaking when the shaker feels ice cold. Over-mixing will dilute the liquor with too much water.
  • Step 6: Empty glass Empty the now-chilled martini glass.
  • Step 7: Strain into glass Strain the contents of the mixing glass into the martini glass.
  • Step 8: Garnish & serve Cut a wedge from a remaining lime quarter, garnish, and serve.
  • FACT: Mr. Big—Carrie Bradshaw's love interest on Sex & the City—was based on a real-life magazine publisher. At various times he was at the helm of Vanity Fair, GQ, and Vogue—but never Cosmopolitan.

You Will Need

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. orange liqueur
  • A cutting board
  • A splash of cranberry juice
  • Some ice
  • A lime
  • A small knife
  • A martini glass
  • And a cocktail shaker

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