This easy cranberry cocktail recipe is perfect if the girls are coming over! Cranberry cosmopolitan is a fruity, vodka-based drink which is easy to drink, maybe too easy! You can serve any kind of snacks with this yummy cocktail. You will LOVE this cranberry cosmopolitan recipe. There are all the steps to make the perfect cosmopolitan. If you are looking for a cocktail with orange liqueur or a recipe with raspberry vodka, this is for you.
So invite the girls over, rustle up some easy snacks, and you’ll definitely have a blast! This has to be one of my all-time favourite cocktails. I also love sangria and margaritas. There’s just something so festive and fun about these drinks, especially when sharing with friends.
History of the Cosmopolitan Cocktail
Are you wondering about the history of this recipe with raspberry vodka? Before you find out how to make the perfect cosmopolitan, you might like to know a little more about this cocktail with orange liqueur.
The cranberry cosmopolitan, or cranberry cosmo (or just cosmo) as it’s also known, has been around for a while. Traditionally made with vodka, Triple Sec (an orange liqueur) and cranberry juice, as well as some lime juice, this easy cranberry cocktail recipe always goes down well.
Some people use vodka citron, which is lemon vodka, to make a cosmo. The exact history is disputed but there is a recipe known as Cosmopolitan Daisy dating back to the 1930s. That was made using gin, Cointreau, lemon, and raspberry syrup. It was shaken with ice and served in a cocktail glass.
Today learning how to make the perfect cosmopolitan is an easy skill to learn. Anyone can rustle up this delicious recipe with raspberry vodka and lime. You will need martini glasses to serve them, since that’s the traditional way. In fact, that’s why a lot of people mistake the cosmopolitan for a type of martini when it really isn’t.
I like to use raspberry vodka instead of the lemon vodka some people prefer. It just adds a sweet, fruity touch which contrasts with the cranberry. An orange-flavour liqueur such as Cointreau also adds sweetness. Cranberry juice cocktail is the easiest way to add that sharp flavour to this cranberry cosmopolitan. Fresh lime juice, some ice and a couple of strips of orange zest finish this cranberry cocktail with orange liqueur perfectly.
Cranberry Cosmopolitan aka Cosmo Variations
I love the way I make this recipe with raspberry vodka and Cointreau, but there are variations you can try! If you have all the ingredients but another kind of fruit flavour vodka, or even plain vodka, that would work fine.
Use any orange liqueur you want – Cointreau, Triple Sec or even a generic version. They will all add the tasty orange flavour to the drink.
If you are looking for a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail with orange liqueur then you can swap the vodka and Cointreau or Triple Sec for orange juice and pink lemonade. That way anyone who’s underage, expecting or driving can still enjoy it!
If you like this cranberry cosmo recipe, you might also like The Easy Way to Make Irish Cream Coffee, Just Like Starbucks Homemade Pink Drink Copycat Recipe, Super Easy Mango Citrus Berry White Sangria or Flavourful Prosecco Frozen Peach Bellini Cocktail.
How to Make the Best Cranberry Cosmopolitan
You will need to grab a cocktail shaker and some ice once you’re ready to make this easy cranberry cocktail recipe. Use as much ice as you like. You won’t be serving it in the finished drinks. It’s just to cool the other ingredients in the cocktail.
Add the vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, and orange liqueur. Give it a good shake and then pour the mixture into a martini glass.
The recipe makes two (or one large one!) but of course you can double or triple it to make several at a time depending how big your cocktail shaker is! See how easy it is to put together this cocktail with orange liqueur?
So now you can make the perfect cosmopolitan, but how should you garnish it? Well, I like to use a couple of orange zest strips, but a slice of orange, lemon or even lime can decorate the glass. Since you’re using fresh lime juice in the recipe, you can cut a couple slices off the lime.
Sangria, frozen margaritas or a cranberry cosmopolitan – pick your poison! Any of these drinks would be great for a girls’ night in.
If you want to learn how to make the perfect cosmopolitan though, there’s no time like the present. And you can drink your mistakes. You won’t make any though, at least not accidentally!
You might also like Refreshing Citrus Rainbow Sherbet Champagne Mimosa, The PERFECT Bourbon Old Fashioned Cocktail, or Cranberry Lemon Pistachio Cookies.
Cranberry Cosmopolitan Recipe
Perfect Cranberry Cosmopolitan
- 3 Oz. vodka
- 1 Oz. orange liqueur
- 3 Oz. cranberry juice cocktail
- 3 Tsp. lime juice fresh squeezed. Add more if needed
- 1 Cup ice cubes
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the ice, vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice and orange liqueur.
- Shake until well combined.
- Strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Twist orange peel over a cocktail and add to glass.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
This recipe with raspberry vodka is always a great cocktail to rustle up for any occasion. It’s an easy cranberry cocktail recipe worth adding to your cocktail repertoire. It is great at just about any occasion, and one is never enough!
Feel free to make any modifications to this cranberry cosmopolitan you want, and you will love every sip!
Let me know if you try out this cranberry cosmopolitan recipe. It is the perfect easy cranberry cocktail recipe to try out with all the steps to make the perfect cosmopolitan. If you are looking for a cocktail with orange liqueur or a recipe with raspberry vodka, this is for you.
Bella Bucchiotti is a storyteller, food lover, dog mom and adventure seeker living on the Pacific coast. She shares her passion for food, dogs, fitness, adventures, travel and philanthropy, in hopes of encouraging followers to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places and stand for a cause. Bella lives with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease.
Oh this is definitely up my alley. I love the combination of this flavors. Cin cin!
Yes please, I would love to sip on this. It sounds and looks incredible.
Such a yummy cocktail, perfect to chill at the end of the week
Oh my, this is a blast from the past for me. Cosmo was my go-to cocktail when feeling fancy “back in the day” at bars and clubs, thanks to Sex and the City LOL!! Gotta make this myself now!!
Cosmopolitan is one of my favourite cocktail. I think I have never tried with cranberries.
The presentation is gorgeous and it looks like it tastes amazing!