Recipe for the Ultimate Cosmopolitan



My husband and I have been married for less than three years, but he learned what makes me tick very quickly. Do I need fancy presents and posh tropical vacations to make me happy? Hardly – though I hear they don’t hurt! All I really need is a new kitchen (done) and a great cocktail.

I go back and forth on the great cocktail part. One week, all I want is champagne or a strong margarita. The next week, I’m all about light beer or perhaps a good Spanish white wine. However, my love for the ultimate cosmopolitan never wavers.

The cosmo and I are dear friends. When I take my first sip after long periods away, it feels like old times. We pick up precisely where we left off, totally into each other, totally content, totally at home.

A few weeks ago, I fell back in love with this pink goddess. I was celebrating that little movie (that did surprisingly well at the box office) with grilled summer pizzas, and decided to pair them with a cosmopolitan. I remember drinking these regularly way before the show made them popular again. In the early 90s, I used to indulge at Global 33, a little spot on 2nd Avenue in New York City, as they made the best cosmopolitans south of 14th Street. (And who really bothered with anywhere north of 14th Street back then?)

Upon meeting my husband, he quickly experimented with many different recipes and settled on this one. I wanted to share it as (1) it consistently puts a smile on my face and (2) Mark Bittman posted on cocktails last week so he inspired me to share. My husband’s recipe is easy and requires you to only remember ingredients, as the measurements are all the same. It’s also quite boozy to boot, so one cocktail will go a long way. (But who really bothers to stop at one anyway?)

Please be aware that my husband’s version of this cocktail is sweet, tart and quite strong, so keep that in mind as you take your first sip. He did the sweet-tart-strong thing on purpose. (Perhaps to make me forget about the lack of fancy presents and posh tropical vacations?!)

The Ultimate Cosmopolitan

  • 1 part, vodka
  • 1 part, cointreau or orange liquor
  • 1 part, fresh lime juice
  • 1 part, cranberry juice

Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with lime wedge, or however you see fit.

If you’re into something a little different, I make a version I call the “Jennifertini” where I substitute pomegranate juice for cranberry juice. It’s a little different and quirky, sort of like my sister, for whom I named the cocktail for her 30th birthday celebration.

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