Among all of the overly precious fourteen-ingredients-including-some-sourced-from-the-rainforest cocktails we’re seeing these days, the Cosmopolitan needs only four components. That’s a real cocktail—even if it is pink. The secret to a Cosmo that deserves respect is to use 100% cranberry juice. Read more about this revelation in our Cocktail Makeover: The Cosmopolitan

Ingredients Directions

For One Drink

1 1/2 ounces vodka
3/4 ounce triple sec
1/2 ounce 100% unsweetened cranberry juice (the brand we used is R.W. Knudsen's "Just Cranberry," but there are others)
1/4 ounce Rose's lime juice
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake 30 times (50 if you like your cocktails a little less strong). Strain into a martini glass, squeeze the juice of a lime wedge into each drink, then garnish with the wedge.

From Cocktail Parties, Straight Up! Easy Hors D'oeuvres, Delicious Drinks and Inspired Ideas for Entertaining with Style by Lauren and Anne Purcell.