How to Make a Classic 1930s Cosmopolitan Cocktail

How to Make a Classic 1930s Cosmopolitan Cocktail
Learn how to make the perfect gin version of a Cosmopolitan cocktail at home.

Many people think of the Cosmopolitan as a citrus flavoured vodka cocktail... but in reality it isn't! The first written reference to the Cosmopolitan cocktail was actually in the 1934 book, 'Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars' featuring gin. Learn how to make the original and the best version of the Cosmopolitan with the recipe from our experts below.

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45ml Gin
20ml Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
10ml Cointreau or triple sec
10ml Sugar syrup (1 part sugar : 1 part water)
2-3 Fresh raspberries

Garnish Orange peel

Ice Cubed (for shaking)

Glass Cocktail glass

Equipment Checklist

Shaker Hawthorne Strainer
Jigger Fine Strainer

Recommended Gins

Malfy Con Limone


1. Add all ingredients to shaker

2. Fill shaker with cubed ice

3. Seal shaker and shake firmly for 20 seconds

4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass

5. Garnish with orange peel

Bartender’s Top Tips

Strain with both a regular strainer and a fine strainer to remove ice chips and create a silky smooth texture.

Pre-chill glass in the freezer for 5 minutes to have a colder drink for longer

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