The Classic Cosmopolitan

‘I couldn’t understand a word she was saying, but I felt I had in my possession all the Italian I’d ever need to know: Dolce, Dolce, Dolce.’ – Carrie from Sex in The City

I love that line from Sex in The City. I relate to that line so much. But this is how I read it for myself – ‘I couldn’t understand a word she was saying, but I felt I had in my possession all the French I’d ever need to know: Chanel, Chanel, Chanel.’

The Classic Cosmopolitan, Cosmo
The Classic Cosmopolitan
The Classic Cosmopolitan
The Classic Cosmopolitan

You see a well made Classic Cosmopolitan and you automatically visualize these highly fashionable four women from Sex in the City walking into a bar and making heads turn and oozing glamour all the way. For me, a Classic Cosmopolitan means style, glamour, and potential (don’t get me started on potential).

I’m sure it must be a popular bar cocktail. Every time there is a bar scene in the movies or on a TV show, I see glamorous looking women holding this sensuous looking cocktail – the nail paint and the lipstick invariably matching with the color of this chosen beverage. (sorry!! My imagination usually springs from the movies and TV Shows that I watch).

Since we are talking about bars, I must mention here one thing though. The first time I walked into a bar was back in Jan 2006 in Manhattan, NYC with my ex-sister-in-law and I had ordered a cup of black coffee. It was snowing outside and the inside of the bar was semi-dark and the coffee felt delicious.

Now I order cocktails or wine.

Soooo!! How come I didn’t think about making a Classic Cosmopolitan all these times?

I know why. Because Wine and Gin & Tonic have been my favorites. Being a stubborn person, it’s very hard for me to change my favorites., and, secondly, I usually avoid making cocktails because of the amount of sugar that they require you to add. But this is Holiday season and starting from today I have a 4-day holiday (by the time this post is published, my vacation might be over, but still) I want to ring in 2017 with this glamorous looking Classic Cosmopolitan and I think, so do you.

Here is some trivia. Originally, a Cosmopolitan was made with Gordon’s Gin, Cointreau, lemon juice and raspberry syrup. But over the years Gin substituted for Vodka and Raspberry juice substituted for Cranberry juice. So a very basic and a very original (well, not that original) Cosmopolitan calls for 1 1/2 ounces of vodka, 3/4 of an ounce of cranberry juice, 1/2 an ounce of Cointreau or triple sec and 1/2 an ounce of lime juice.

But then go on playing with the amounts as per your taste and it will still taste awesome. But make sure to get that pink-red hue on that drink otherwise as far as I’m concerned, it won’t pass as a glamorous and sexy beverage. I’m sure most will agree.

And if you are a lover of cocktails, try these as well.

My Tart Green Apple Martini made it one of the top 10 cocktails to try on New Year Eve on simplymaderecipes. Here are a few more:

Not-So-Fruity Sangria

Stirred Mango Margarita

Lime-Limencillo Martini

The Classic Cosmopolitan, Cosmo
The Classic Cosmopolitan


  • 2-ounce vodka. I used Kettle One
  • 1 TBSP Triple Sec or Orange Liqueur. I used Grand Marnier.
  • 3/4 ounce (1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons) Cranberry Juice
  • 3 teaspoons fresh lime juice (you can use less)


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Add vodka, triple sec/orange liqueur, cranberry juice and lime juice
  • Shake the cocktail shaker for about 30 seconds until well chilled. Then, strain into martini glasses.

With this glamorous drink, I’m raising a toast to all the wonderful, gorgeous women out there who keep their head high and don’t let the pain of stilettos and mile-high heels register on their faces.

Cheers and Happy New Year! 🙂

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The Classic Cosmopolitan
The Classic Cosmopolitan

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