Cranberry Cosmopolitan

Cranberry Cosmopolitan

The cranberry cosmopolitan is a pink drink even most men will drink. Or so swears author and mixologist Kathy Casey. She also dubs the cosmo “a new classic,” one that’s open to many variations, as in this version where sweet-tart grapefruit or citron vodka goes splendidly with the familiar mouth-puckering tartness of cranberry juice. And if the guys at your holiday gathering still resist, simply break out the white cranberry juice and make the drink look like a martini.–Renee Schettler Rossi

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Keep in mind, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons. After all, why rely on a shot glass when you can pull out your trusty measuring spoons?

Cranberry Cosmopolitan

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  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka, preferably ruby red vodka or citron vodka
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice, whether red or white
  • 1 fresh or frozen cranberry


  • 1. To make the cranberry cosmopolitan, fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Measure in the vodka, orange liqueur, and lime and cranberry juices and shake vigorously.
  • 2. Strain the cranberry cosmopolitan into a martini glass and float a cranberry in the drink for garnish. Repeat as needed.

Recipe Testers Reviews

How can you not love this cocktail? After all, it’s a Cosmopolitan. Grapefruit-flavored vodka combined with cranberry and lime juice gives it a true sweet-tart flavor. I also made this with a citron-flavored vodka, and again with a pear-flavored one. The citron gave it pretty much the same flavor as the grapefruit, although it finished with a bit more pucker, whereas the pear vodka lent it a bit of sweetness, which I liked—it wasn’t overly sweet like some cocktails can be. This cocktail recipe is very versatile, and can be played with in many ways given all the new flavors of vodka on the market.

Ever since I had my first Cosmo in NYC about 10 years ago, I’ve been hooked. I couldn’t find any ruby red grapefuit vodka, so I used citrus vodka instead. It makes a great Cosmo that would be perfect with Thanksgiving dishes. It would certainly fill in for the traditional “cranberry whatever” cocktail that I’d planned to have!


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