A recipe for a Cosmopolitan martini is rather different from a regular Cosmo recipe. For starters, the ingredient set in a Cosmo martini has a high degree of variance depending on taste, whereas there are a set of prescribed ingredients that usually go into a Cosmopolitan. Any drink that uses a martini-like mix of ingredients but has the basic appearance or characteristics of a Cosmopolitan may be considered a Cosmo martini. Martini and Cosmo purists might point out that the Cosmo martini is neither. Others say it's both! Try out these ingredients for a recipe for a Cosmopolitan martini that will really get your evening started whether you have guests, you're at home with a significant other, or you just want a nice end-of-the-day treat.
Tasty Recipe for a Cosmopolitan Martini
The ingredients are the key to a delicious recipe for a cosmopolitan martini. There's plenty of room for variation and experimentation with this simple cocktail recipe, so everyone is sure to find something they'll enjoy.
½ Ounce - 1 ½ Ounces of Orange Liqueur or Triple Sec
Cointreau or DeKuyper are excellent starting points for the hint of citrus most Cosmo lovers enjoy. Cointreau is often used as an aperitif, meaning it can be rather bitter, and it has a much higher alcohol content than other triple sec liqueurs (80 proof as opposed to the more common 30 to 40 proof). As such, it packs more of a punch in terms of taste and composition than other, similarly flavored liqueurs. Curacao, made from the sweet Valencia orange, is a sweeter and lighter flavor that will mix well with the vodka and juices in a Cosmopolitan martini.
Whichever orange-flavored alcohol you choose to use in your Cosmopolitan martini recipe, make sure that the flavors blend well. Try using fractions of each ingredient and make a little taster for yourself before deciding to go with a strong or light flavor. Also remember that, in spite of what online recipes might dictate, your taste buds get the final say.
1 - 1 ½ Ounces of Vodka
Most people will be tempted to use the vodka sitting in their liquor cabinet to make a Cosmo martini. You don't need to be one of those people. Choosing the right vodka will make your Cosmo martini; using the three-dollar bargain bin vodka will break it. Good vodka is flavorless, but most vodkas have a hint of something, be it bitterness or sweetness, an overwhelming alcohol flavor or a slight aftertaste.
Top-shelf vodkas such as Grey Goose are always a good bet, but you have several options. Stolichnaya and Absolut are another couple of choices that usually won't let you down by being unpredictably flavorful or top-heavy.
How much lime juice you use in your Cosmopolitan martini is up to you. A half tablespoon on the low end will give a hint of citrus to your drink, while a full tablespoon or more will change the characteristic flavor of your Cosmo martini entirely. If you use a flavored vodka, such as Charbay Key Lime, you won't want to use sweetened lime juice, if you decide to use lime juice at all. You might want to consider squeezing out fresh limes for an in-your-face citrus flavor that won't taste too sweet to your guests. As with any ingredient, choose wisely.
Cranberry juice gives a Cosmo its distinctive look and taste. Therefore, even if you decide to skimp on the other ingredients in terms of price, you can make up for it with the perfect mix of the right kind of cranberry flavor. Unsweetened, natural cranberry juice will give your drink a dark and exotic look and flavor, while cranberry cocktails may mix in apple, pear, cherry or grape juice for added sweetness and variety. Remember, cranberry juice can be quite bitter, so if you're using a bitter triple sec, you will need to take into consideration the way the flavors blend.
Think for a moment about the color of the final product as well. A classic cosmopolitan isn't too dark or too light. Of course, because this is a Cosmopolitan martini, the cranberry offering of your drink is up to you.