Cosmopolitan Mocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Cosmopolitan Mocktail is a non-alcoholic version of the classic Cosmopolitan cocktail. It's a drink that embodies sophistication and has a vibrant pink hue that's as appealing to the eye as it is to the palate. This mocktail is perfect for those who love the tangy yet sweet flavor of the original but prefer to skip the alcohol, making it a favorite at parties, social gatherings, and for anyone who enjoys a good cocktail hour without the buzz.

  • Origin: The Cosmopolitan cocktail has disputed origins, but the mocktail version likely emerged as part of the growing trend of sophisticated non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Popularity: It's become increasingly popular among designated drivers, pregnant women, and those who abstain from alcohol for health or personal reasons.
  • Variations: Many bartenders, including myself, have experimented with various ingredients to best mimic the flavor profile of the original cocktail.

How Cosmopolitan Mocktail Tastes?

The Cosmopolitan Mocktail offers a balance of tart and sweet flavors, with a fruity and slightly tangy taste profile. The cranberry juice provides a sharpness that is mellowed by the sweetness of the orange juice, while the lime adds a refreshing citrus zing.

Interesting facts about Cosmopolitan Mocktail

  • The Cosmopolitan cocktail was popularized in the 1990s, partly due to its frequent appearance on the television show 'Sex and the City'.
  • The mocktail version allows for inclusivity at social events, ensuring that non-drinkers can also enjoy a fancy beverage.
  • Cranberries are one of the few fruits native to North America, making cranberry juice a staple in many American mocktail recipes.


  • Cranberry juice: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Orange juice: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Lime juice: 0.25 oz(8ml)
  • Simple syrup: 0.25 oz(8ml)
  • Ice cubes: As needed
  • Orange twist: 1 garnish

Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice offers a perfect balance of sweet and tart, and it's the backbone of the cosmopolitan's signature ruby color. 2 oz is just the right amount to not overpower the other flavors. Forget it, and you'll miss the mocktail's main profile. No cranberry juice? Try pomegranate juice for a similar tartness and color.

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Orange Juice

At 0.5 oz, orange juice provides a zesty sweetness that complements the cranberry. Too much, and you risk turning your sophisticated sip into a breakfast beverage. Without it, you lose some of the depth of flavor. Mango juice could be an alternative for a more tropical twist.

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Lime Juice

This sharp tang of 0.25 oz lime juice cuts through the sweetness and adds a refreshing zest. Skimp on it, and the blend could become cloyingly sweet. Omit it entirely, and the cocktail falls flat. A dash of lemon juice might substitute if you’re in a lime-free bind.

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Simple Syrup

A touch of 0.25 oz simple syrup rounds out the acidity and ties the flavors together nicely. Going overboard could tip the delicate balance into toothache territory. Leaving it out might make your drink too tart. Agave nectar is a fine swap if you want a smoother sweetness.

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Ice Cubes

Ice is the unsung hero that chills and dilutes the drink slightly as you shake it, making it more palatable. No ice means a warm, concentrated concoction that might not be as refreshing.

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Orange Twist

More than just an ornament, the orange twist adds an aromatic zest when expertly expressed over the drink. Forgoing this garnish would mean missing that hit of citrus oil that enhances every sip. Lemon or grapefruit twists can be alternatives for different citrus aromas.

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Recipe. How to make Cosmopolitan Mocktail Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add the cranberry juice, orange juice, lime juice, and simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  5. Garnish with an orange twist on the rim of the glass.

Pro Tips

  • To achieve the best flavor balance, use freshly squeezed orange and lime juices.
  • Chill the martini glass beforehand to keep the mocktail cooler for longer.
  • When garnishing with the orange twist, make sure to twist it over the glass to release the essential oils.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Platters: A selection of mild cheeses, such as brie or mozzarella, complements the sweet and tart flavors of the mocktail.
  • Seafood: Light seafood dishes like shrimp cocktail or a fresh ceviche enhance the citrus notes of the cosmopolitan mocktail.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken: The mocktail's acidity balances well with the smokiness of grilled chicken.
  • Pasta: Opt for pasta with a light tomato or cream sauce, which pairs pleasantly with the fruity mocktail.


  • Lemon Tart: A dessert with a tangy zest, like lemon tart, can match the zesty lime in the drink.
  • Fruit Salad: A refreshing fruit salad with a hint of mint is a delightful counterpart to the mocktail's flavors.

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What you could change in Cosmopolitan Mocktail

  • Cranberry Juice: Can be substituted with pomegranate juice for a different but equally tart flavor.
  • Simple Syrup: Agave syrup or honey can be used for a natural sweetener alternative.
  • Orange Twist: A lemon twist or a lime wheel can also work as a garnish.

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Berry Blast Mocktail

  • Swap cranberry juice for a mixed berry juice blend.
  • Use raspberry syrup instead of simple syrup.
  • Garnish with fresh berries.

This twist will provide a berry bonanza with a deeper, more complex fruity flavor. Perfect for berry lovers who want to sip something that feels like a walk through a summer garden.

Citrus Sparkler

  • Add some soda water to the mix after shaking.
  • Replace simple syrup with honey.
  • Include a sprig of fresh mint for garnish.

A touch of effervescence from soda water makes this a fizzy delight, while honey gives it a floral note, and mint provides a cool finish. It's a mocktail that whispers ‘refreshment’ with every bubbly sip.

Spicy Cosmo

  • Infuse the simple syrup with ginger and chili for a spicy kick.
  • Replace orange juice with blood orange for a richer citrus profile.
  • Garnish with a strip of candied ginger.

This fiery twist heats up the classic cosmo with a peppery pizazz, balanced by the lush sweetness of blood orange. A sip of this is like flirting with fire, but in a good way.

In case you forgot basics how to make Cosmopolitan Mocktail

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Cosmopolitan Mocktail

What glassware is typically used for serving a Cosmopolitan Mocktail?

A Cosmopolitan Mocktail is traditionally served in a chilled martini glass to enhance its sophisticated presentation.

How can I adjust the sweetness of the Cosmopolitan Mocktail to my preference?

You can adjust the sweetness by varying the amount of simple syrup, or by choosing a naturally sweeter or more tart cranberry juice.

Is the Cosmopolitan Mocktail suitable for children?

Yes, since the Cosmopolitan Mocktail is non-alcoholic, it is suitable for children and provides a fancy drink option for underage guests at events.

Can I make a large batch of Cosmopolitan Mocktails for a party?

Absolutely! You can scale up the recipe and mix a large batch in a pitcher or punch bowl, just remember to add the ice shortly before serving to prevent dilution.

How long does it take to prepare a Cosmopolitan Mocktail?

A Cosmopolitan Mocktail can be prepared in just a few minutes, depending on how quickly you can measure and mix the ingredients.

What kind of ice is best to use for a Cosmopolitan Mocktail?

Cubed ice is ideal for shaking the mocktail, as it chills the drink quickly without melting too rapidly and diluting the flavors.

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