The Best Cosmopolitan – Sure you can have this amazing cranberry cocktail all year long, but it is just so pretty around the holidays, making it one of my favorite Christmas cocktails! With fresh lime juice, cranberry juice, Cointreau, and vodka (I used my cranberry infused vodka!) it’s simple, but delicious!
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I love to drink cranberry cocktails all year long, but around the holiday season, they are just so pretty in front of a Christmas tree, aren’t they?
When looking for cranberry cocktails, one that everyone is familiar with is the Cosmopolitan. Especially if, like me, you faithfully watched every single episode of Sex and the City.
The Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail
What makes this The Best Cosmopolitan Cocktail recipe? In place of vodka, I’ve used my homemade cranberry liqueur! It gives you double cranberry flavor! Now, don’t worry, you can still make this cocktail with regular vodka, but this is the perfect reason to get a bottle of homemade cranberry liqueur started!
Since the homemade cranberry liqueur is sweetened, if you are afraid the drink will be too sweet, you can use unsweetened cranberry juice. I’ve made it both with unsweetened and sweetened and loved them both!
Tips for Making a Cosmopolitan Cocktail
A few tips for making a Cosmopolitan: since it has so few ingredients, you want to make sure you use high quality liquor. I recommend Cointreau and a good quality vodka (if you aren’t using my cranberry liqueur.)
Serve this in a chilled cocktail glass, so put your glass in the freezer for about 3 to 4 hours. You can do a quick chill by filling the glass with ice and swirling it around. Let it sit while you make the cocktail and then pour it out, when you are ready to pour the cocktail into the glass. You can dry the glass with a paper towel if you’d like, I usually don’t bother.
Making a Cosmopolitan is easy: fill a cocktail shaker (this black set is amazing!) with ice, add the fresh lime juice, cranberry juice, cointreau, and vodka (or cranberry liqueur.) Shake for about 30 seconds, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
If you’re in the mood for more cranberry cocktails, you’ll love this Cranberry Negroni or how about this Cranberry Manhattan and if you want your cranberries in a cookie form, this biscotti is so festive!
Using homemade cranberry liqueur gives this an extra dose of cranberry flavor, though you can use just vodka too!
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 oz cranberry juice
- 1/2 oz Cointreau
- 1 1/2 oz homemade cranberry liqueur or vodka
- lime slice for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
Add lime juice, cranberry juice, Cointreau, and homemade cranberry liqueur (or vodka) to the cocktail shaker.
Shake for 30 seconds.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
If you don't have Homemade Cranberry Liqueur, then use your favorite good vodka.
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Update Notes: This was originally published in 2011 and has been updated for 2018.