Friday Cocktail Hour: The Classic Cosmopolitan

Elegant, lady like and so delicious- a classic cranberry Cosmo

This simple and very elegant cocktail is the perfect drink to mix up for when you want something a little tart, yet sweet. I love making cosmos with blood orange juice or cranberry. Both work perfectly.

Here is my recipe inspired by a cooking session with my very good friend Lionel Eby Smith- McGehee. He shared a recipe from the New York City institution, Prohibition, located on Columbus Ave. that the waiter shared with him many years ago- see photos below.

My twist is a lot more cranberry, mixing lemon and lime juice, Cointreau and vodka. No simple syrup- Just good spirits and juice. Serve shaken over ice, strained with a twist of lemon.

This beautiful glassware is antique Cambridge glass in the RosePoint pattern- my grandmother’s. It’s very afforadable and collectible. You can purchase similar here. The silver tray is my own.


With a twist of lemon- yes, please.

Classic COSMOPOLITAN- makes 2 cocktails

  • 2 oz vodka

  • 1 oz Cointreau

  • 4 oz Cranberry juice cocktail

  • 1/2 oz lemon juice

  • 1/2 oz lime juice

  • ice

  • lemon peel for garnish

Two bottles of cosmos for a dear friend with a special birthday

Method- 5 minutes

  • In a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice, mix vodka, Cointreau, lemon, lime and cranberry juice. Shake until well chilled.
  • Strain. Pour into martini glasses. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel.
The Cosmo recipe from Prohibition in NYC- Courtesy of Lionel Smith McGehee.

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