Cosmopolitan Cocktail (Dale DeGroff's recipe)

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Discerning Drinkers (59 ratings)

Serve in a

Martini glass

Garnish:

Orange zest twist (flamed)

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

1 1/2 fl oz Ketel One Citroen Vodka
3/4 fl oz Triple sec liqueur (40% alc./vol.)
1 fl oz Cranberry juice (sweetened)
1/4 fl oz Lime juice (freshly squeezed)
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Review:

This is the definitive Cosmo recipe from the man most associated with the drink's development and popularity.

History:

In his 2002 The Craft of the Cocktail, Dale DeGroff explains that while he did not invent the Cosmopolitan, "What I did do was popularize a definitive recipe that became widely accepted as the standard." He also gives the above recipe but with just ½oz (15ml) Cointreau, a measure which he increased to ¾oz (22.5ml) for the 2020 Revised Edition of his book. This could be as much due to a reduction of sugar in Cointreau to conform with fashion since Dale created his recipe at Manhattan's Rainbow Rooms in the mid-1990s as his revisiting and polishing an old recipe.

Cosmopolitan
1½ ounces citron vodka
½ ounce Cointreau
¼ ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce cranberry juice
Flamed orange coin for garnish
Shake all the ingredients (except the garnish) with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the flamed orange zest coin.

Dale DeGroff, The Craft Of The Cocktail, 2002

COSMOPOLITAN
1½ ounces Absolut Citron vodka
¾ ounce Cointreau
¼ ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce cranberry juice
Flamed orange coin for garnish
Shake all the ingredients (except the garnish) with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the flamed orange zest coin.

Dale DeGroff, The New Craft Of The Cocktail, 2020

See Cosmopolitan cocktail history for Dale's role in the development of this contemporary classic.

Nutrition:

One serving of Cosmopolitan Cocktail (Dale DeGroff's recipe) contains 166 calories.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.6 standard drinks
  • 20.74% alc./vol. (41.48° proof)
  • 21.8 grams of pure alcohol
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