The Cosmopolitan is a bit of a dated cocktail, but it is a classic and loved by many - when it's made right! There are a lot of cosmos out there that are just too sweet, and that's not what this cocktail is supposed to be. A great cosmo should be tart - think vodka margarita.
A lot of cosmos are made with citrus vodkas. I prefer an unflavored vodka, like Titos, but if you want to have some fun, 888 Cranberry Vodka is a must try. 888 Vodka comes from Nantucket and is flavored with fresh Cranberries. I'm not always a fan of flavored vodkas but 888 makes some really fabulous ones (the blueberry is insane).
I would also use sweetened cranberry juice - its only a splash, and the drink needs a little more sweetness to balance all that lime juice. I tested it with an unsweetened cranberry juice, and it wasn't as good. Because the only sweetener in this drink is triple sec, it's already low sugar, so calm down calorie counters. ;)
- 1 1/2 oz Vodka
- 1/2 oz Triple Sec
- 3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- splash Cranberry Juice
Shake and strain into a martini (or coupe glass). Garnish with a lemon twist, and now you're a Carrie!