Classic American Cocktails: Cosmopolitan


There are at least 33 people who claim to have invented the Cosmopolitan. The most popular theory, with no more evidence than the other 32 theories, is that it was created by Cheryl Cook, the legendary Martini Queen of South Beach, Florida,in the 1980s.

Cook was surprised, so the story goes, by how many people ordered the now classic Martini cocktail just to be seen with the flaming glass in hand.

Vital Ingredients

35ml/1½fl oz vodka, we used absolute Swedish vodka
15ml/½fl oz orange liqueur, Cointreau or Grand Marnier
Squeeze fresh lime juice
25ml/1fl oz cranberry juice


Twist orange peel

Preparation Method

Put the vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice and cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.

Shake vigorously then strain into a coupe glass or a Martini glass.Hold the piece of orange peel over the glass and carefully flame with a match.

Garnish the cocktail with the flamed orange peel and serve.

Best Vodka for Cosmopolitan

We prefer Absolut Citron but Grey Goose is fine.