Full disclosure. I have never even tried a Cosmopolitan. I chose this name because it has cranberry and orange ingredients (just like my recipe). But most importantly, it sounded cool. Cosmo's are amongst a huge bucket list of cocktails I have yet to try; Martini, Mai Tai, Planter's Punch and Mint Julep are also up there on that list.
With the holidays upon us, I wanted to share another leftover recipe! If you buy cranberry sauce for your holiday dinners, you'll probably have leftover cranberry sauce. And if you do, you'll want to give this 4 ingredient Cranberry Aioili recipe a try.
Although I have always intended to try a cosmopolitan, the opportunity has never presented itself. I instinctively order wine if I go out and wouldn't think to order a cocktail. And I've never been to a cocktail party where I've been offered a Cosmopolitan. Although I did go to a Paralyzer party once. It was there that I discovered where Paralyzers get their name.
Adding orange and garlic to your cranberry mayo gives it a nice zippy flavor!
For this recipe, you'll need:
- leftover cranberry sauce
- orange zest
- minced garlic
Vegan: Use vegan or egg free mayonnaise.
WW friendly/light - use light mayonnaise (*I use Hellman's ½ the fat) and sugar-free cranberry sauce (if desired).
It does get much easier than this- mix all ingredients together!
If you are looking for aioli ideas or simply for different aioli recipes, this is the one! It also does double duty because it uses up your leftover cranberry sauce! And it tastes great, especially with turkey sandwiches or turkey burgers. See for yourself and try it with my Leftover Turkey, Cranberry & Brie Panini !
I originally created this recipe for a BBQ contest, which I won. So, if you are looking for aioli recipes for burgers, I can guarantee that it works! Give it a try on my Contest Winning Cowtown Cosmo Burger
💭What to do with Leftover Cranberry Sauce
This aioli is great for using up leftover cranberry sauce, but I also like to use up my leftover cranberry sauce in these Cranberry Swirl Cornbread Muffins or in my Leftover Cranberry Sauce Coffee Cake with Coffee Glaze (shown).
You can store cranberry aioli for up to 4 days in a sealed container in the fridge. It does NOT freeze well.
I still intend to try a Cosmopolitan, and if you are interested in trying one, you can check out How to make a Cosmopolitan here! I do have to say that Paralyzers go down very smoothly. In fact, it seems like you are drinking chocolate milk, but even more delicious, of course. If you have never tried a Paralyzer, check out this Paralyzer Recipe.
I found out that when you have a few + Paralyzers then try to stand up and can't, you truly understand the namesake. I don't think they are meant to be consumed in such large quantities. But I was young, reckless, they were free and hey, it was a Paralyzer party. And when in Rome... Anyway, I prefer to retain some control of my limbs after a few drinks so I stick to wine or beer these days.
However, I am thinking that getting a start on my cocktail bucket list with a Cosmopolitan, sounds like a pretty ideal New Years resolution this year. What's on your cocktail bucket list? Leave me a comment below!
So, use up that leftover cranberry sauce with this zippy garlic aioli with cosmopolitan cranberry and orange flavours. It's perfect for sandwiches and burgers!
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📋 Cosmo Cranberry Aioli Recipe
- Mix all ingredients together!
🥡More Leftover Recipes!
- Leftover Ham, Rice & Beans- Gluten-free & WW friendly
- Cranberry Gingerbread Stovetop Rice Pudding (Gluten-free)
- Easy Spicy Peanut Pasta Salad (Vegan): Leftovers are the best!
- Caesar Twice Baked Potatoes
- Healthy Leftover Creamy Ham Pasta with Peas
- Easy Chicken Quesadillas (with leftover rotisserie chicken)