Just when you thought Christmas couldn’t get any tastier, I’m bringing you one of the most festive cocktails around. The Christmas Cosmo uses Brown Sugar Bourbon from Heritage Distillary along with cranberry pomegranate juice and cranberry spice sprite to really make the season bright.
A traditional cosmopolitan has vodka, triple sec, and cranberry juice. This is not a traditional cosmo. My Christmas version features Brown Sugar Bourbon made (famous) by a local distillary, a mix of Cranberry and Pomegranate juice, and some Sprite Cranberry Spice to give it a little fizz.
This is an easy sipper that is festive and fun, but isn’t going to put you down for the count. You can make it as strong or weak as you’d like, and still have a delicious cocktail to enjoy.
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Can I make any substitutions here?
You sure can! Some of these ingredients might be hard to find if it isn’t Christmas time, or you aren’t in the Pacific Northwest.
If you can’t find Sprite Cranberry Spice, you can use Sprite Cranberry or just plain lemon-lime soda. You could also sub in some Prosecco if you’d like to give it an extra kick but keep the fizz in play.
If you don’t have access to Heritage Brown Sugar Bourbon, find some. This stuff is AMAZING. If you can’t find any, any good bourbon will do in a pinch.
You can definitely use just cranberry or just pomegranate juice as well if you can’t find or don’t like a mix.
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What garnishes go on a Christmas Cosmo?
For this cocktail, I did a really simple slice of mandarin orange. If you wanted to be a little more festive you could use sugared cranberries, a twist of lemon or lime, or even do a sugared rim for those of you who like a little dessert in your drinks.
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What glassware works best for Cosmos?
Typically a cosmopolitan is served in a martini glass. We don’t have to be super fancy or proper here though. Since cosmos tend to be fairly strong, they are usually served in smaller glasses so the appropriate serving size is given and counted. 4-6 ounces is a typical pour, and that is usually plenty.
If you mix in extra sprite you could get away with serving this over ice in a rocks glass, but if you are going for a cosmo-type cocktail you’ll want to serve in a small martini glass. I’ve linked some good options down in the recipe card if you are looking to add to your collection!
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- 1 ounce Heritage Distillery Brown Sugar Bourbon
- 2 ounces cranberry pomegranate juice
- 2 ounces Sprite Cranberry Spice
- orange slice for garnish
- Pour the bourbon and juice over ice in a shaker. Shake to chill and strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Top with chilled sprite, and serve immediately.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 399 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 38mg Carbohydrates: 76g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 69g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g