Rasing The Bar: Cosmopolitan


Trainee Assistant Manager, Will Morris, shows us how to make a delicious Cosmopolitan cocktail complete with a flamed orange peel twist. The reason for the twist is to release the oils of the peel which subtly enhances the flavours of the drink. Flaming the peel lightly caramelises the oils and also creates a vibrant show at the bar.

The origin of this classic cocktail is disputed. It tends to be believed that the drink was created independently by various different bartenders since the 1970s. According to Sally Ann Berk and Bob Sennett, the Cosmopolitan cocktail appears in literature as early as 1993 and derives from New York City.



  • 25ml Absolut citron

  • 25ml Cointreau

  • 50ml Cranberry Juice

  • Dash of lime juice



  1. Take a martini glass and fill with crushed ice to chill, place to one side

  2. Add 25ml of Absolut citron, 25ml Cointreau, a dash of lime juice and 50ml of cranberry juice to a Boston glass.

  3. Fill the Boston glass with cubed ice and attach the Boston tin

  4. Shake until the tin is cold to touch

  5. Empty the ice from the martini glass

  6. Double strain the drink using a Hawthorn strainer and fine strainer into the martini glass

  7. Cut and flame a slice of orange peel

  8. Serve and enjoy!

RecipeHannah Milton