How to Make the Perfect Cosmopolitan | Introducing Cocktails with Camille

Hi friends! I’m excited to announce a new category on the blog… Introducing Cocktails with Camille, where I share simple, delicious drink recipes you can make at home, even if you know nothing about bartending. I’ll be making these concoctions from my NYC bar cart, and to kick things off, the first drink of this series is an ode to my favorite city gal Carrie Bradshaw. Yep, today I’m sharing how to make the perfect Cosmopolitan.

I mean, did you really think that a Cosmpolitan wouldn’t be the first cocktail I learned how to make at home in New York City? I even put a modern twist on one of my favorite Carrie outfits for the occasion.

How to Make the Perfect Cosmopolitan | Charmed by Camille
How to Make the Perfect Cosmopolitan | Charmed by Camille

How Cocktails with Camille Came About

I have always loved the idea of a bar cart, but we’ve never had one for two reasons. First, our house in LA doesn’t really have the layout for it. There’s no empty wall or perfect little corner for one. Second, I don’t really know anything about cocktails, so never wanted to invest in “stocking a bar” for something we maybe wouldn’t use.

But shaking up cocktail in our New York City apartment while listening to Frank Sinatra just sounded right, so I bought a bar cart and told myself I’d learn to master simple cocktails that don’t require fancy ingredients or crazy tools. Then I thought, “There are probably a lot of people out there who want to learn to make drinks, but not sure where to start, either.”

So, I’ve decided to share my at-home bar cart adventures with you via this series, Cocktails with Camille.

How to Make the Perfect Cosmopolitan | Charmed by Camille
How to Make the Perfect Cosmopolitan | Charmed by Camille

How to Make the Perfect Cosmopolitan

I was kind of intimidated to make a Cosmopolitan, but as it turns out, they’re quite easy! There’s a lot of controversy on who actually invented this drink, but most of my research shows that the Cosmopolitan was invented right here in NYC in 1988 by a bartender named Toby Cecchini.

The trick to avoid a sugar rush that leads to a headache is to use unsweetened, pure cranberry juice in place of cranberry juice cocktail, as well as fresh lime juice.

A special thanks to Grey Goose for providing the vodka for this post, and to Riedel for my glasses. The curved rim helps to prevent spills. (Especially helpful if you’re wearing a white shirt, I can confirm.) To shop the cocktail glasses, click here.

The Classic Cosmopolitan

Servings: 1


  • 2 oz vodka (I prefer Grey Goose but you can use any brand)
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz cranberry juice


  • Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, then add ice.
  • Cover, then shake until chilled.
  • Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass.

So there you have it – how to make a Cosmopolitan! It only takes a few minutes to make one, and I’m proud to say it tasted perfect on my first try. I can’t wait to share more at-home drinks with you from my New York bar cart. Cheers!

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Hi, I'm Camille! I'm a bi-coastal blogger splitting my time between LA and NYC and sharing elevated, yet relatable ideas so that you can achieve your most stylish life.

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