I love making special drinks for the kids over the holidays and especially for New Year's eve. When the adults are celebrating with wine or cocktails, it's nice to have a non-alcoholic drink option. This Cranberry Cosmopolitan Mocktail is perfect for kids or anyone looking for a holiday drink without alcohol.
But this cosmo mocktail is also very easily spiked for those who would prefer it with alcohol by simply adding vodka. You can exchange the orange extract for Triple Sec or Cointreau (orange liqueur) but you don't have to. Either way, it's a fun, festive and delicious classic drink!
The Cosmopolitan aka Cosmo was all the rage in the 90's, really shooting to stardom with the popularity of the television show "Sex and the City," which I have to admit, I was never a huge fan of. But, it totally popularized the Cranberry Cosmo, of which I am a HUGE fan! Interestingly, the Cosmopolitan drink made a significant impact on how we approach drinking and cocktail culture in general. Much of the high-end cocktail culture we encounter today with drinks so complex only a mixologist can recreate them, can be attributed to the simplicity of the Cosmo era.
Then bartenders began to hate the Cosmopolitan for the same reasons they loved it when it was first created; it was too simple. They wanted to challenge people with flavors and textures, not simply make them a drink that was easy swill or worse yet... easy to make at home! You can read more about the birth of craft cocktail culture HERE.
It really is as simple as pouring a few things into a glass and mixing! You can use a cocktail shaker, but you don't have to. The fun part is sugaring the rim of the glass to make it look fancy (kids really love that and it's festive for the holidays)! I have step-by-step photo instructions in the recipe card NOTES, demonstrating how to do this.
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The most important part is that you sugar the rim before you pour liquid into the glass. Then you need to pour carefully, so you don't spill any liquid on your rim (you can use a measuring cup with a spout or a funnel if you don't feel confident in your pouring skills 🙂 )
The cosmopolitan is not only a famous mocktail recipe, it's a really great drink for celebrating the holidays.
Spike it: This mocktail is also very easily spiked for those who would prefer it with alcohol by simply adding vodka. You can exchange the orange extract for Triple Sec or Cointreau but you don't have to. Either way, it's a fun, festive and delicious drink!
Lime juice - you can use fresh lime juice instead of lime juice from concentrate, but you'll need double the amount.
Cranberries: you can use fresh cranberries and ice instead of frozen cranberries
For little kids: Even if you have smaller children and are worried about them choking on the frozen cranberries or ice, just use a straw, skip the ice/frozen cranberries and put the drink in a fancy plastic glass like the one in the photo (see NOTES for my Amazon recommendations) and your little ones are ready to P-A-R-T-Y! Heck, I used to put mocktails in a sippy cup when my kids were small and they would be absolutely thrilled.
You can make this non alcoholic cosmopolitan in advance and store it in the fridge for up to a week. You can also store it in the fridge for up to a week after making it. I store it in a sealed juice jug. *Just be sure to check that the expiry dates on your ingredients coincide with your storage dates! Sugar the rim just prior to serving.
Mocktails are a great way to enjoy a special drink with your kids, if you don't drink, are avoiding alcohol or just want to enjoy a refreshing non alcoholic beverage. It's also the perfect drink for bridal showers, baby showers or simply for happy hour!
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📋 Cranberry Cosmopolitan Mocktail Recipe
- 1 ¾ cup cranberry juice (cranberry cocktail)
- ¼ cup sparkling water
- ¾ teaspoon orange extract
- 1 tablespoon lime juice from concentrate
- lime wheel (fresh lime slice)
- sparkling sugar and edible glitter
- frozen cranberries and or ice, as desired
- Wet the rim of the glass. You can do this by running a slice of lime along the rim, dipping the glass in water or lime juice (SEE VIDEO in NOTES)
- Pour some sparkling sugar and edible glitter onto a plate
- Place the glass upside down, on the plate and turn/spin the glass to coat it with sugar and glitter
- Turn glass upright.
- Then carefully add cranberry juice, sparkling water, lime juice and orange extract to glass, dividing ingredients between 2 drinks. (*you can use a measuring cup with a spout or a funnel, if you don't feel confident in your pouring skills 🙂 )
- Add some frozen cranberries or ice cubes and half a slice of lime to garnish. Serve and enjoy!