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Pomegranate Cosmopolitan Cocktail

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A smooth, sippable Pomegranate Cosmopolitan Cocktail is a twist on the now classic cocktail and a delicious signature cocktail for the holidays. Their vibrant red color paired with a green lime twist will dazzle your guests, making you the host or hostess with the mostess! Made famous by Sex in the City in the late 1990’s, the cosmo has stood the test of time. 

This Cosmopolitan Recipe has the classic ingredients of vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry juice and lime juice, plus the addition of pomegranate juice. Perfect for a girls’ night out or any holiday entertaining!

Two Pomegranate Cosmopolitan Cocktails in high ball glasses

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan Cocktail

When entertaining, it’s nice to have a signature cocktail that varies with the season or event. When pomegranates start appearing in the market, a cocktail with pomegranate juice seems apropos.

With cocktail recipes, the proportion of ingredients is key to its success. The perfect balance of sweet, sour, and bitter is vital. So I took Ina Garten’s cosmopolitan recipe gave it a wee twist.

Two Pomegranate Cosmopolitan Cocktails in martini glasses

Cosmopolitan Recipe with Pomegranate Juice

Although not the traditional girly pink cosmo, I love the rich hue from the addition of pomegranate juice. If the pomegranates were not so sad in the markets, I would have added some ruby red pomegranate arils to this cosmopolitan recipe, too. Besides the usual cranberry juice, a deep red pomegranate juice added a magical holiday look to this cocktail, making it perfect for sipping on Christmas night or New Year’s Eve!

Who Made The First Cosmopolitan?

There were cocktails similar to the Cosmo, like the Daisy, but the official invention of the Cosmopolitan Cocktail was in 1987. First mixed by bartender Toby Cecchini at the Odeon in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, it was the TV show Sex in the City that made the cosmopolitan famous.

What is in a Cosmopolitan Recipe?

The classic cosmopolitan is made with vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice and fresh lime juice. Many recipes call for Citron vodka, to double up on the citrus undertones. My version has the addition of pomegranate juice for an autumnal flair. Plus, I substituted Grand Marnier, another orange liqueur, for Triple Sec.

A Pomegranate Cosmopolitan Cocktail in martini glass with a lime twist

What is Triple Sec?

Triple Sec is one of a number of orange liqueurs. Originally called Curaçao triple sec, it is a sweet, colorless orange flavored liqueur. It’s used in cocktails like the Cosmopolitan as well as margaritas and Long Island ice tea.

How Do You Serve a Cosmopolitan Cocktail?

Though a cosmo is not a martini (the latter officially made of gin or vodka, vermouth and an olive or lemon twist), it’s still served in a martini glass. A cosmopolitan should be ice cold, so often it’s served with crushed ice. Other purists disagree and demand a true cosmo be without ice!

How Do You Make a Lime Twist?

I’ve tried many methods, but found it was easiest to make lime twists by hand instead of using a tool. First, peel the lime like you would an orange. Cut the peel into a few large pieces, aiming to have the ability to slice some long strips. Slice the sections into narrow strips, then carefully remove some of the pith, or white lining of the peel. This will make the strips easier to curl. Next, roll up the strips into tight coils. When released, the coils will make nice lime twists.

So if you’re entertaining this fall and winter, this pomegranate cosmopolitan cocktail is a must for your party! They are potent, so serve responsively along with plenty of delicious appetizers and snack recipes!

 Pomegranate Cosmopolitan Cocktail in a martini glass

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  • Vodka or Citron Vodka, good quality required
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  • Cranberry Juice Cocktail, I use Ocean Spray, pure cranberry juice is too tart
  • Pomegranate Juice, I use Pom Wonderful
  • Fresh lime juice, plus a lime slices or twists to garnish

Progressive Eats

Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. This month’s theme is Everything Pomegranate — from pomegranate juice to molasses to fresh arils straight from the fruit. Our host this month is Beth Lee who blogs at OMG! Yummy.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats it’s a virtual party. We choose a theme each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out. Come along and see all of the deliciousness we’ve put together for our celebration inspired dishes!

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Pomegranate Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan Cocktail

A twist on the classic Cosmos with the addition of pomegranate juice.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 4 cocktails

Ingredients

  • 1 cup good quality vodka
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur, I used Grand Marnier, but Cointreau is the standard
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice, I used Pom Wonderful
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • Sliced limes or lime twists to garnish

Instructions

In a pitcher, mix together all ingredients except garnishes. Fill cocktail shaker with ice, add the cocktail mixture and shake until the cocktail is well chilled, about 30 seconds.

Pour into glasses and garnish with a lime slice or twist.

Notes

Very slightly adapted from Ina Garten.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1 glass

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 4mg Carbohydrates: 22g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 17g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
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22 comments on “Pomegranate Cosmopolitan Cocktail”

  1. Such a stunning cocktail! I totally love the colour, Liz. Happy Fall!

  2. I’m suddenly so very thirsty 🙂 Looks like a winner for the holidays Liz – pinned!

  3. That gorgeous red color makes this cocktail the perfect fit for the holidays. Beautiful!

  4. Perfectly delicious little cocktail, for sure, Liz! I’ll have to try it over the holidays! And it’s my fave color! Gorgeous!

  5. I have always loved Cosmos and this is the perfect twist for the holiday season; what a beautiful color Liz!

  6. What fun this is for the holiday season! I would love it with the Grand Marnier. Delicious! And the green lime twist is the icing on the cake. 🙂 ~Valentina

  7. So much good information in this post and a great holiday (and year round) recipe. I’ll be making this again and again – maybe even as my Thanksgiving cocktail!

  8. Wow – I need to pin this one for Christmas. It’s so pretty and sounds so refreshing.

  9. Ooh, love this twist on a classic Cosmo! I’m a sucker for anything pomegranate (including the whole fruit!) and this is so festive for the holidays!

  10. This sounds so refreshing and festive. I may have to make it for all the holiday get togethers.

  11. I have never had a cosmopolitan cocktail. This sounds yummy! A great cocktail for the holidays.

  12. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a cosmo! Yours are gorgeous with those perfect twists!! Cheers!

  13. I’m not a huge fan of vodka in cocktails (I prefer it icy cold all by itself, or even better with caviar!) and because it was so “trendy” never thought I’d like the Cosmo. Until I tried it a few years ago. Wow, it’s a good drink! And such gorgeous color. Really deserves a place on every cocktail menu. Yours looks great — thanks.

  14. I love a good cocktail, but I don’t think I’ve ever had a cosmopolitan! I’m sure to love your version, though, because I love all things pomegranate, and it’s sure to elevate it. Gorgeous photos, and I’m looking forward to trying it!

  15. I love cosmo and I too add pomegranate juice in it when I have it in the refrigerator…super delicious!
    Have a great week ahead!

  16. Cosmopolitans are one of my favorite cocktails! Such a perfect adaptation for the holiday season! We’ve got a couple of holiday get-togethers coming up and I want to serve some great cocktails. This will definitely be one of them!

  17. I do love a good cocktail and this had always been a fave of mine. Can’t wait to try your version!

  18. I love cosmos, and this one is perfect for the holidays! I’m adding it to my list of cocktails for parties!

  19. Such a gorgeous fall cocktail, Liz! I can’t wait to try this!

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  21. First of all, what gorgeous photos! This drink sounds good and one that’s not too strong for me. I’m a bit of a weenie when it comes to cocktails. But I just stocked up on pomegranate juice for the holidays, and I’ll definitely be making this one! Thanks!

  22. This is very festive and I agree with you about the pomegranates in the markets. Sad indeed.

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