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About this Cocktail

The Odeon, New York City, 1988

Vodka has become a monster, and this drink is responsible.

Toby Cecchini, bartender at The Odeon, took an existing recipe that had been bouncing around (a Kamikaze with cranberry) and did it properly by focusing on balance. The irony is, nearly no one makes a Cosmopolitan according to this original recipe anymore – they’ll add way too much sweetness, skip the fresh lime juice, and overload it with cranberry.

The shame of vodka drinks is this: vodka is ephemeral and delicate. Its micro-subtle aromas and flavors can get lost when chilled and mixed in a drink (probably why it’s preferred by those who don’t like the taste of alcohol). Having said all that, odds are you’ll be called on someday to make a Cosmopolitan for a guest. So if you must, why not do it well?

  • 2 oz lemon-flavored vodka (Absolut Citron)
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1/4 oz cranberry juice
  • Lemon twist garnish

Chill a cocktail glass in the freezer at least ten minutes.

In a shaker about a third-full with ice cubes, add:
2 oz lemon-flavored vodka
1 oz lime juice
1 oz triple sec
1/4 oz cranberry juice

Shake well to blend and chill, then strain into the chilled glass. Pinch a lemon twist over the drink to express oils onto its surface, then rub the twist around the glass rim to coat. Garnish with the twist laid across the surface of the drink.

  • Alex Bea
    Thanks for highlighting the history of the original drink. It's always nice to learn about a cocktail's background.
  • Dave Stolte
    Cheers Alex! I enjoy exploring the stories behind these drinks. There's plenty more at
  • Jessica January
    I share your appreciation for a delicately pink Cosmo. Sometimes I sub the triple sec for Cointreau.

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