White Winter Cosmopolitan

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A crisp white Cosmopolitan for Valentine’s Day

White cranberry juice is such a fun cocktail ingredient! I’ve been using it a lot in mocktail recipes these days (I’m pregnant atm, so the Moody other half, my husband Jeff, is the one taste-testing the boozy new recipes around here). White cranberry juice is crystal clear but has a lovely sweet-tart flavor, making it a really versatile ingredient in shaken cocktails.

The Cosmopolitan is a vodka cocktail from the 1980s that doesn’t get a whole lot of love. It’s often seen as a watered-down, ‘chick drink’ that sometimes contains way too much cranberry juice, or just isn’t generally well-balanced. This recipe is crisp and not too sweet, with a bold fruity flavor that seems to defy its colorless appearance. It’s just really fun to sip.

Cosmopolitans are known for their pink or reddish hue, but a white Cosmo has a totally different, and somehow much sexier vibe. This recipe uses the only white cranberry juice I’ve been able to find, a juice blend from Ocean Spray. It’s a pretty sweet cranberry juice, so I’ve kept the Cointreau to a half ounce and fortified the drink with a full two ounce pour of vodka. If you’re a gin fan, feel free to substitute with a crisp London dry, I won’t judge. Garnish this bad boy with red roses and you have a quintessential Valentine’s Day cocktail!

If you enjoy Cosmos, try my cachaca-based Cosmopolita!

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White Winter Cosmopolitan

A Cosmopolitan made with white cranberry juice just in time for Valentine's Day.
Prep Time 5 mins
Servings 1 cocktail

Ingredients
  

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz white cranberry juice I used Ocean Spray
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau (or other triple sec liqueur)

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill 3/4 with ice.
  • Shake until chilled, about 12 seconds.
  • Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wedge (or a rose for Valentine's Day).