7 Cosmopolitan Drink Variations

Delicious Cosmo recipes to spice up your menu

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  • Updated: Feb 10, 2016

The Cosmopolitan cocktail isn’t a particularly old recipe (though depending on who you ask, similar drinks date back to the 1930s), but since Sex and the City popularized it in the ‘90s it’s become something of a classic. Luckily, that means we’ve gotten a lot of Cosmopolitan drink variations thanks to bored, creative bartenders ever since.

True fans of the Cosmopolitan drink fruity, citrusy cocktails, but they’re also looking for sophistication. Each of these variations, from the White Cosmopolitan and Cosmocello to the Cosmobellini, is an absolutely stunning drink given the right presentation. All you need is a good-looking cocktail glass and some elegant garnish to make a masterpiece.

So if you’re looking to spice up your next cocktail party or brunch menu, these Cosmopolitan drink recipes should inspire you to make a statement. They’re all fairly simple to make, but don’t let us catch you using bottled citrus juice—the fresh stuff is easy and more than justifies a little extra work with its vibrant, summery flavor.

  • Citrus vodka, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice, cranberry juice, grenadine
    The French Cosmopolitan cocktail is a variation on the original Cosmopolitan recipe that uses Grand Marnier instead of Cointreau as the orange liqueur, and is topped with a small dash of grenadine. You can garnish it with either an orange, lemon, or lime twist to give it some nice hints of essential citrus oils and an extra bit of color.
  • Citrus vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, cranberry juice, peach puree, Prosecco
    The Cosmobellini is more of a hybrid cocktail than a descendant of any one recipe, combining both the original Cosmopolitan and the Bellini to make something entirely new. Bubbly, fruity, and citrusy, this is an absolutely delicious brunch cocktail that's sure to spice up your menu.
  • Citrus vodka, Cointreau, fresh-squeezed lime juice, cranberry juice, orange twist
    The Cosmpolitan Cocktail (or Cosmo) is a drink that gets an unfairly bad rap. It's often dismissed as "girly" or "unsophisticated," but it's actually a fairly classically-styled drink (and hey, who said girly was a bad thing?). This version of the Cosmopolitan recipe—our favorite—is made with citrus-flavored vodka, Cointreau, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and j…
  • Citrus vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, white cranberry juice
    The White Cosmopolitan Cocktail (or White Cosmo) is a simple variation on the original Cosmopolitan recipe. It uses white cranberry juice instead of red cranberry juice, giving it a crisp, white color without sacrificing any of the tartness that makes this such an iconic drink. Citrus vodka is recommended, but a standard straight vodka will do just fine.
  • Citrus vodka, Cointreau, fresh raspberries, lime juice
    The Raspberry Cosmopolitan is a simple variation on the original Cosmopolitan recipe that uses fresh muddled raspberries in place of the usual splash of cranberry juice. Instead of using citrus vodka, you can also experiment with various raspberry vodkas, but we think the citrus-berry combo is pretty delicious as-is.
  • Citrus vodka, strawberries, Cointreau, lime juice
    The Strawberry Cosmopolitan is a simple, fresh variation on the original Cosmopolitan recipe that uses muddled strawberries in place of cranberry juice for a bit of color and fruity sweetness. The original citrus vodka works great in this cocktail, but you can also play around with all kinds of other flavored vodkas to see what tastes best. Make sure to…
  • Vodka, Cointreau, limoncello, cranberry juice, lemon twist
    The Cosmocello is a simple variation on the original Cosmopolitan recipe that substitutes limoncello in place of the fresh lime juice. Thanks to that extra citrusy kick, you don't really need to use citrus-flavored vodka, but you're welcome to if you're so inclined.

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