Lushworthy Creations: The Edited Cosmo

For many of us, our introduction to the Cosmopolitan (or Cosmo) was through the HBO sitcom, Sex & The City. The popular, pink drink can easily be spotted on cocktail menus at bars and restaurants across the country.

While the original Cosmopolitan recipe was created by mixologist/author Toby Cecchini in the late 80s, you’ve likely come across a gazillion, tragic recreations of the Cosmo. Which is ironic given that the Cosmopolitan is really a simple cocktail to make. Cecchini’s recipe merely calls for Absolut Citron Vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and Ocean Spray cranberry juice.

Now if I can do a big of bragging, I’ve actually had the honor of indulging in a Cosmopolitan made by Toby Cecchini himself, and it was amazing. His Cosmo was everything a cocktail should be: boozy, impactful, easy on the eyes.

This week, I was pretty set on recreating this classic Cosmopolitan recipe, but in the unkind spirit of quarantine, I didn’t have all the necessary ingredients. And chances are you probably don’t either. So, I introduce to you The Edited Cosmo! A recipe by moi. And below The Edited Cosmo recipe, you’ll also find the recipe to Cecchini’s Cosmopolitan.

The Edited Cosmo


1.5 oz. Vodka

1.5 oz. Cointreau

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1.5 oz. Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice

2 Dashes Lemon Bitters


Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lime peel.



2 oz. Absolut Citron

1 oz. Cointreau

1 oz. fresh lime juice

1 oz. Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice

Lemon peel for garnish


Pack your martini glass with ice cubes to chill. Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake for about 20 seconds. Dispose of the ice cubes in your martini glass. Strain contents of your shaker into your martini glass. Garnish with lemon peel.