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Sex and the City Cosmopolitan Cocktail

This Sex and the City Cosmopolitan Cocktail is just like Carrie’s men: strong and full of flavor! Made with just four ingredients, this cosmo comes together quickly so you can get girl’s night started ASAP! 

a pink cosmo in a martini glass garnished with a lime wheel

Why You’ll Love The Cosmopolitan Cocktail From Sex and The City

So far in our Dinner and a Movie series we’ve made a few different kinds of food, but it’s past time for a cocktail! This Sex and the City cosmopolitan is as infamous as a drink can be – and it’s just as deliciously juicy as Carrie Bradshaw’s love life!

I love a classic cosmo because it feels so fun and flirty, and that’s largely due to the Carrie effect! As Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha caught up over drinks, our impressionable eyes saw the pinkish elixir slip past their lips and we absolutely needed it in our lives! The cosmopolitan represented freedom and joy, and women everywhere flocked to it like moths to a flame. 

Cosmos lost some of their star power in the years after the show ended, but then the iconic movies pulled us back in with the nostalgia of our old pals! Now, I don’t think a cosmo will ever go out of style!

Check out more of our Dinner and Movie series! So far we’ve made Chessy’s Vegetarian Chili from The Parent Trap, Princess Diaries Pear Sorbet, and Lavender Ice Cream from It’s Complicated. 

Ingredients

elizabeth chopping limes beside cranberry juice and cointreau

With just FOUR ingredients you’ll have a juicy cocktail fit for a Sex and the City girl. The tart cranberry and bite of citrus will get your tongue wagging as you gear up to gossip with your friends!

  • Vodka
  • Cointreau
  • Cranberry juice
  • Lime juice

How To Make a Cosmo

add ice to the cocktail shaker and then add lime juice and vodka

 

Step 1: Shake 

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and add vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice, and lime juice. Shake the drink together until the outside of the shaker is very cold. Strain into a martini or couple glass.

add cointreau to the cocktail shaker and then shake and strain the drink into the glass

 

Step 2: Garnish

Garnish your cosmo with a lime wheel or peel. Enjoy! 

elizabeth adding a lime wheel as garnish to the pink cosmo in a martini glass

Serving Suggestions

Sex and the City is the ultimate “for the girls” kind of movie + series. I find myself reaching for it often just for comfort, and my friends and I reference Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte in everyday conversation. Next time you have a couple of your girls together, surprise them with this SATC-themed menu!

  • As you’re sipping your cosmos, nosh on some of Carrie’s book-launch hot dogs! These air fryer pigs in a blanket are such a quick and easy way to serve up a yummy app. “Who needs a Burger when you can get a fabulous hot dog,” right? 
  • For your main course, make this Caprese prosciutto pizza. It’s an elevated version of the Caprese salad Trey’s mother Bunny served Carrie. 
  • For dessert, it has to be tres leches cupcakes! Who could forget Carrie and Miranda biting into Magnolia cupcakes, which effectively made them a New York icon!

three cosmopolitans garnished with lime photographed from above with nuts, olives, and ketel one pictured in the background

FAQs

Which vodka is best for a cosmopolitan? 

You can use your favorite kind of vodka for a cosmo! My only suggestion is to make sure it’s not flavored, or if it is, make sure it’s flavored with citrus. You don’t want to grab a flavor that will compete too much with the cranberry and lime. 

What’s the difference between a cosmo and a martini? 

A cosmo is a sweeter and fruitier drink, while a martini is more straight-up. 

Was Carrie and Big’s relationship toxic? 

Absolutely! But does that mean they weren’t meant to be together? No! In the grand scheme of things, I think Carrie and Big deserved each other (and thankfully we got to watch and learn from their mistakes). 

More Vodka Based Cocktails To Try

If you make a Sex and the City Cosmopolitan Cocktail, be sure to tag me on Pinterest and Instagram!

I seriously love seeing what you guys are making and sharing your creations with the College Housewife community! 

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a cosmo cocktail with a lime wedge garnish

Sex and the City Cosmopolitan Cocktail

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 cosmo 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Shaker
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Sex and the City Cosmopolitan Cocktail is just like Carrie’s men: strong and full of flavor! Made with just four ingredients, this cosmo comes together quickly so you can get girl’s night started ASAP! 


Ingredients

Scale

2 oz vodka

1 oz cointreau

1 oz cranberry juice

1 oz fresh lime juice


Instructions

 

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add vodka, cointreau, cranberry juice, and lime juice. Shake until the outside of the shaker is very cold. Strain into a martini or couple glass.
  2. Garnish with a lime wheel or lime peel.

Notes

Note: You can use your favorite kind of vodka for a cosmo! My only suggestion is to make sure it’s not flavored, or if it is, make sure it’s flavored with citrus. You don’t want to grab a flavor that will compete too much with the cranberry and lime. 

Keywords: cosmopolitan, cosmo cocktail, sex and the city cosmo

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