Another good flavor for this time of year is cranberry. Not only is it the state fruit of my home state, Massachusetts, the sweet-tart flavor is a great base for cocktails. Of course cranberry juice is readily available throughout the year, but fresh cranberries have just started to appear at the stores. The nice thing is that cranberries can be found throughout the winter. And, though, the berry has become traditional at holiday meals this time of year, it is versatile enough to use in cocktails throughout the entire fall and winter season, or whole year.
This recipe was also featured at the Mid/Mod Party in September. Cosmopolitans are classic, indeed. But, in order to change the flavor a little, I opted to add juice from another fall/winter fruit – the pomegranate. It tones down the tartness from the cranberry a bit and, I might dare to say that, it helps the citrus flavors blend in a little better.
Ingredients: 1 ½ oz citrus vodka, ¾ oz Cointreau or Triple Sec, 1 ½ oz. pomegranate juice, 2 oz. cranberry juice, 2 oz. lemonade
Directions: Combine all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
I have to admit that there really isn’t anything novel about this drink. But, it’s different than the traditional Cosmo. I’ve also tried using 3 ½ oz of Ocean Spray Cranberry Pomegranate juice, which works well also. Using the separate juices, with fresher POM Pomegranate juice, may be better, but I’m not sure that the difference is noticeable. Honestly, once you are drinking the second one, it probably won’t matter. But, this is a good choice for your holiday celebrations – it is easy to make and, I think, appeals to most people.