’90s Classic (and My Mother-in-Law’s Favorite) Cosmopolitan Cocktail

We’re throwing it back to the 1990s with the iconic Cosmopolitan cocktail. Whether you’re a Gen X or Millennial lady, or you’ve ever seen SATC, chances are you’re familiar with this beverage. One article detailing the history of the Cosmopolitan posits “though its territory is, these days, more suburban, the Cosmo still lingers in the wings—a nostalgic, rose-tinted totem of another age.

The lingering wings of Suburbia for the win! I love a good debate about whether or not a food or drink is cool. Regardless of how delicious a dish or cocktail may be, its place in (or out of) the times must also be evaluated. I hope you read this with an abounding sense of sarcasm, because there is nothing that bothers me more than the pursuit of trendy food and I couldn’t care less if something is being relegated to the “suburban” designation – aka land of the basics – rather than the obviously cooler urban realm.

As one contributor to this article also commented, “the Cosmopolitan is a good cocktail—it is tangy and sweet and delivers some alcohol. I wouldn’t say it is back in vogue, but I think everything is circular.” And there you have it – this is a good drink! Even if it isn’t IN VOGUE! Tasty, crisp, fresh, contains alcohol, and is absurdly bright pink just for funsies.

I’m posting this in advance of Valentine’s Day because one of the things I really love about my married family is how my FIL crafts this cocktail for his wife (my MIL). If you’re in a relationship for the long haul, taking the time for gestures like making your spouse their favorite cocktail is the kind of thing that shows someone you care. They’ve been married for almost forty-two years, which I think is pretty amazing. Cheers to love, family, and a good suburban cocktail!

Helen's Cosmopolitan Cocktail

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By Stirs and Stripes Serves: 1 cocktail


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 1/2 to 1 whole lime, depending on your preference, see notes below



In a cocktail shake with ice, pour in the vodka, cranberry, triple sec, and lime juice.


Give it a very good shake, then pour through a strainer into a martini glass.


Extra points for a sugar-rim - just take the lime and run it around the rim of your glass, then dip the edges into sugar before pouring the cocktail.


Tartness: we prefer this drink on the tart side, and use more like a whole lime per cocktail. If you like a little less of a bracing zing, go with half a lime. Sweetness: Ocean Spray Original Cranberry over all others. Coldness: I like to stick my glasses in the freezer for a few minutes before I pour the drink, since I like my drinks extra ice cold!

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