Cocktail Chronicles 004: Cosmopolitan

The cosmopolitan can undoubtedly be considered a modern classic. It reached the peak of its popularity due largely in part to the success of HBO’s hit series Sex and the City. In which the lead, Carrie Bradshaw, depicted by actress Sarah Jessica Parker, would regularly order a ‘Cosmo’ when out at a bar or club.

Cosmopolitan Cocktail In an Amehla Nick and Nora cocktail glass

Although the cocktail reached the height of its popularity in the late 90’s through the early to mid 00’s, the origin of this particular cocktail recipe is thought to only shortly proceed this time period. Although its particular origin is, like many cocktails, somewhat contentious; It does, however, seem to first appear in cocktail literature in this form as early as 1993. The conception happened some years prior to this. The cocktail itself is thought to be a variation of the Kamikaze cocktail but with the components altered and the addition of an ounce of cranberry juice. It is served traditionally ‘up,’ meaning without ice, and in a cocktail glass. Although the recipe does call for a citrus-flavored vodka, it can just as easily be made with a standard unflavored vodka. 


Cosmopolitan Cocktail In an Amehla Co. Nick and Nora cocktail glassCosmopolitan Cocktail in an Amehla Co. Nick and Nora cocktail glass


  1. Place all ingredients into your shaker, add ice, and shake for 15-20 seconds.
  2. Strain into an ‘up’ cocktail glass such as a nick and nora, coupe, or martini glass.
  3. Garnish with a slice of lime or lemon twist to your desire.