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Absolut Citron, Cointreau, lime juice and cranberry juice

The Cosmopolitan is arguably the transitional cocktail to prime the marketplace for the Cocktail Renaissance. It was served in a Martini glass, and looked equally sophisticated, but it wasn’t at all a Martini. The drink was popularized by 1990 at Odeon, New York City, with the help of Absolut marketing and the drink’s instantly-recognizable appearance, made world-famous by 2000 through the “Sex and the City” television show.


Shake with ice:

  • 2 oz Absolut Citron vodka
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz Ocean Spray Cranberry juice

Strain into a cocktail glass

Garnish with a lemon twist

Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, p. 200–1; barware icons courtesy of Haus Alpenz