White Cosmopolitans: A smooth twist on the classic made with white cranberry juice. 

When I entertain, I love to have a festive cocktail, and these exquisite White Cosmos fit the bill perfectly. Top with fresh cranberries for a holiday specialty drink!

White Cosmopolitans in a martini glass.

Why You Must Make

  • They’re a simple twist on the popular classic cosmopolitan recipe.
  • Using a red cranberry garnish makes this cocktail ideal for the holidays!
  • They’re mighty tasty!!!

Ingredient Notes:

  • White Cranberry Juice – Ocean Spray makes a white cranberry version. Call larger grocery stores to inquire about their inventory.
  • Vodka – A smooth, top-shelf version is ideal.
  • Cointreau – May substitute Grand Marnier or Curaçao
  • Garnish Options – Cranberries, lime or orange slices, or edible flowers. Sugared cranberries can be added to a cocktail pick.
White Cosmopolitans in a martini glass topped with fresh cranberries.

Expert Tips

My real-life friends know I get pretty loopy if I drink more than one glass of wine, one of the perils of being a skinny chick. But when I entertain, I love to have a festive, specialty cocktail. I saw this recipe on Martha Stewart’s website years ago and finally had a chance to whip them up for the holidays. These exquisite white cosmopolitans are a twist on the classic cosmopolitan cocktail.

  • For martinis, these babies are so smooth and tasty. PRO-Tip: For the best results, be sure to use a top-shelf vodka and a lovely orange liqueur.
  • Want to shake things up even more? Try replacing the Cointreau with St. Germain, an elderberry liqueur. 
  • The white cranberry juice can be difficult to locate, but worth the extra stop at your larger grocery store. I found a version made by Ocean Spray.
  • These white cosmos are clear and rather lackluster without a garnish. A slice of lime or orange, some fresh cranberries, or even Martha Stewart’s idea of a small white orchid (make sure it is pesticide-free) make for a much more festive cocktail!
  • When serving a potent cocktail like these cosmopolitans, make sure to have plenty of munchies available to slow absorption. As with all martinis, they pack a punch. So please sip responsibly.
White Cosmopolitans garnished with a slice of lime.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is White Cranberry Juice?

White cranberry juice is made from fresh cranberries, but instead of the deep red berries you’ve come to know, they are white. White cranberries are harvested before they develop their classic deep red color.

How Does a White Cosmo differ from the Classic Cosmo?

A White Cosmopolitan is made with White Cranberry Juice, Vodka, and Cointreau. A Classic Cosmopolitan is made with regular Cranberry Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, Vodka, and Cointreau.

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White Cosmopolitans from above with a bowl of garnishes.

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White Cosmopolitans

White Cosmopolitans

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 2 servings

A gorgeous cosmo made with white cranberry juice!


  • 1 cup white cranberry juice
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces Cointreau
  • Garnish of choice, cranberries, lime or edible flowers


  1. Add juice, vodka, and Cointreau to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into two martini glasses.
  3. Garnish as desired.


Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cocktail

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 305Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 3gSugar: 22gProtein: 1g


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