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three glasses with cosmos inside beside a cut lime

Best Cosmo Recipe (for One or for a Crowd)

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 195kcal
This Cosmo Recipe can be made for one, or for a crowd! Learn how to make a Cosmopolitan, a classic cocktail consisting of vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice. Whether you want to make one for yourself, for you and a couple of friends, or for a whole party, this cosmopolitan recipe makes it easy. It's the perfect mix of sweet, sour, and tart, a cocktail I just can't get enough of!
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Ingredients

For individual servings

  • 1 ounce Citrus vodka
  • ¾ ounce Cointreau
  • ½ ounce cranberry juice
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 orange zest twist or orange wheel

If making 6 servings (a pitcher)

  • 1 cup Citrus vodka Citroen, such as Ketel One
  • ¾ cup Cointreau
  • ½ cup cranberry juice
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 6 Orange zest twists 1 per cocktail *See Note

Instructions

For Individual Servings

  • Add all the ingredients except orange peel to a shaker and fill with ice.
  • Shake, and strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.
  • Garnish with a flamed orange peel or orange wheel. (see note)

If Making for a Crowd (6 servings)

  • Stir all ingredients except orange peel into a large pitcher. 
  • When ready to serve, add ice to a cocktail shaker and shake each serving before pouring into a martini glass.
  • Garnish with a flaming orange wedge (see note)

Video

Notes

*Note: If wanting to add a Flamed Orange Peel to each Cosmopolitan, please watch this video a couple of times before trying the technique. It is slightly tricky, but a fun thing to do when serving Cosmopolitans.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTdwdv0_k3k
To make the Flamed Orange Peel: For every serving, cut a 1x2-inch slice of peel off an orange (try to get just a small amount of orange pith on the slice). Hold a lit match under the peel (with the orange side of the peel directly over the cocktail) and squeeze the peel until a small amount of orange oil is released. The oil will flame very quickly and then die down. Drop the orange peel in the cosmopolitan and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 36mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg