I feel kind of bad for the Cosmo. What started as a great cocktail (what I would argue is one of the first of the “modern classics”), turned into a sugary sweet cranberry mess throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s.

Since we now have a lovely infused lemon vodka, today seemed like the perfect time to go ahead and make this delicious “classic” cocktail.

But first: The Lemon Vodka

This is one of the very few “classic” (if you can call it that) cocktails that uses a “flavored” vodka. So it seemed like the perfect cocktail for us to make with our infused lemon vodka, before we added sugar to make it into Limoncello. But if you’re just now joining us, here’s how to catch up:

  1. Zest ~10 lemons using either a veggie peeler or a lemon zester.
  2. Add to ~750ml of Vodka (aim for a $15 ish bottle – not the cheapest, but not high end either.) If you have to make a cocktail or two to make room in the bottle, I fully support you!
  3. Now stir well and wait. Stir / shake and taste periodically. Depending on the surface area of your zest, this could take between 3-6 weeks. Ours tasted done around 3.5 weeks.
  4. When it’s done, simply strain out the lemon bits.
  5. Voila! Lemon infused vodka.

Tweak to Taste

As always, go ahead and tweak the recipe to taste. Chris usually likes his cocktails more on the “tart” side, but I like them sweeter – so I usually make my Cosmo with a bit more cranberry juice and a little more Cointreau as well. Play with it and find the recipe that works for you!

The next Step: Limoncello!

Now that you’ve enjoyed a Cosmo or two, consider turning your bottle of infused vodka into Limoncello. All you’ll need to do is add simple syrup. I’d recommend starting with about 1.5 cup of simple syrup and then adding more to taste.



This modern classic got a bad reputation in the 90’s for being a sickly sweet drink. But a true Cosmo is a thing of beauty! Here’s how to make one.
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  • 1.5 oz Lemon infused Vodka (see instructions below)
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 0.5 oz Lime Juice
  • 0.5 oz Cranberry Juice

Lemon Infused Vodka

  • 750 ml Vodka
  • 10 ea Lemons


  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake well.
  • Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel or zest.

Lemon Infused Vodka

  • With a vegetable peeler or zester, zest the lemons.
  • Add zest to vodka and seal tightly.
  • Wait 3-4 weeks, shaking and tasting periodically.
  • When it tastes ready, fine strain and store in your freezer or in a cool, dry place.