Neal Murray, a bartender in Minneapolis, claims to have invented the cosmopolitan in 1975 at the Cork & Cleaver steakhouse. "How cosmopolitan," the first taster said after Murray added a dash of cranberry juice to a Kamikaze, according to Murray. This occurrence is said to have influenced the name of the new beverage. Famous variations of Cosmopolitan cocktail- - The White Cosmopolitan Cocktail (or White Cosmo) is an easy variant of the classic Cosmopolitan. It contains white cranberry juice instead of red cranberry juice, which gives it a bright, white tint without losing any of the acidity that makes this drink so famous. - The Cosmobellini is a hybrid drink that combines the traditional Cosmopolitan with the Bellini to create something totally new, sparkling, juicy, and lemony.

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2 ounces citron vodka
½ ounce Cointreau
1 ounce cranberry juice
½ ounce freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice
Crushed ice


1. Combine all four ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake.
2. Strain the contents into a cocktail glass and garnish with a slice of lemon if you like.

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