While a certain show made the “Cosmo” the libation of the early 2000s, it should be in everyone’s repertoire as a classic cocktail perfect for any celebration. I amped up the festive factor with a delicious rim of confectioner’s sugar that adds a layer of delicate sweetness. Not only is it easy to make at home (everything goes into a shaker!), it requires just a few simple but really good ingredients. Check out my video below to watch me re-create this iconic cocktail and hear the hilarious story of how it got its name!
The “Fluffy Henderson” Cosmopolitan
Ingredients (Makes 1 cocktail, expand as needed)
Confectioners Sugar – ¼ cup
Lime Juice – ¾ ounces, freshly squeezed, plus more for rimming glass
Triple Sec – ¾ ounce, Cointreau recommended
Vodka - 2 ounces
Cranberry Juice – ¼ ounce
Pour the confectioner’s sugar onto a small plate. On another small plate, pour just enough lime juice to coat the bottom of the plate. Place the rim of a martini glass into the lime juice then directly into the confectioner’s sugar, gently rolling it to cover the rim.
Place the coated rim onto a piece of parchment paper and allow dry for 20 minutes.
Next, fill a shaker with ice and add the lime juice, Triple Sec, vodka, and cranberry juice.
Shake for 30-60 seconds.
Strain the cocktail into the prepared martini glass and serve immediately.
Idea: I love making big batches of these for a party! You can rim glasses up to 3 hours in advance and allow to dry. Fill a glass pitcher with the cocktail ingredients and let it sit in the refrigerator. Then when a guest needs a cocktail, simply fill a shaker with ice, fill the shaker with the chilled cosmo mix, shake, and serve. Making cocktails at home has never been so easy!