During the late 1990s, it was impossible to enter a bar and not hear a few ladies (and occasionally some dudes) declare, “I’ll have a Cosmo!” Nowadays, the drink carries a shroud of shame—it’s pink and passé after all—but it’s still a tasty cocktail that packs a punch.

For more cranberry juice cocktails, see our Sex on the Beach recipe and our Moscow Mule recipe.

  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: Under 5 mins
  • Active: Under 5 mins

Ingredients (6)

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1/2 ounce cranberry juice
  • Splash freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Lime slice, for garnishing


  1. Place a cocktail glass in the freezer to chill.
  2. Combine the vodka, Cointreau or triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and fill it halfway with ice. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosted. Strain into the chilled glass and garnish with the lime slice.