Blood Orange Cosmopolitan

Blood Orange Cosmopolitan

This Blood Orange Cosmopolitan is a festive way to wrap up holiday shopping or enjoy after a stressful afternoon of holiday shopping.  I’m so delighted it’s citrus season again.  I found these lovely blood oranges at Whole Foods and couldn’t resist buying several to eat and to see how blood orange juice would taste in a cosmopolitan variation.  I also happened to have one of those cute tiny bottles of cranberry vodka that I picked up recently with the thought that I’d eventually do something with it.
A cosmopolitan is one of those classic easy drinks that takes just a few ingredients with spectacular results.  The blood orange brightens the drink and complements the orange liqueur.  I used vanilla sugar to coat the rim and then couldn’t resist photographing the finished product with as many glittery things as I could find.  I then sipped on the end product while watching the latest episode of this season’s Top Chef – the best way to spend a Friday evening right before Christmas.
Blood Orange Cosmopolitan
Blood Orange Cosmopolitan
Blood Orange Cosmopolitan


  • 2 Oz vodka
  • 1/2 Oz triple sec or cointreau
  • 1 Oz cranberry juice
  • Juice from half a blood orange
  • Slice of a blood orange and a few cranberries to garnish


  1. Combine the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and blood orange juice with a few ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Shake and then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a slice of blood orange and a few cranberries. Enjoy!
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This post is linked to the Saucy Saturday #76 Linky Party.  For more wonderful holiday recipes, check out the hosts’ sites:

Take Two Tapas, La Petit Chef, Mid-Life Croissant and The Flavor Bender

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