The Cosmopolitan was made popular in the 1990s thanks to a certain cable TV show and paparazzi photographing celebrities with the drink in hand. It has a complex history and, depending on who you are talking to, could have been created by any one of a handful of different originators. Despite this, it is an easy drink to make and only contains a few ingredients.

Things You'll Need

Rub the rim of the martini glass with the lime wedge, then run the rim through sugar.

Combine 1 1/2 parts cranberry juice, 4 parts vodka, 1 part each triple sec, lime juice and simple syrup with ice in a cocktail shaker.

Shake the mixture for at least 30 seconds, then strain into a glass. Garnish with the orange peel.


  • You may use Rose’s lime juice instead of lime juice and simple syrup.

  • If you do not have triple sec, you may use Cointreau or any other orange-flavored liqueur instead.

  • To make simple syrup, combine 1 part sugar to 2 parts water. Simmer on medium heat until sugar melts into water and no crystals remain. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.