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Course: Drinks
Keyword: Cocktails, Drinks, Fresh Cranberry Cosmo, Vodka

Fresh Cranberry Cosmo

ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 6 hours
Yield: 1 cocktail
photo by Lynne Calamia
A frozen cranberry granita is the key to this bright pink fresh cranberry cosmo cocktail.
With its not-too-sweet flavor and crimson hue, the cranberry has long been popular with mixologists, but more often than not, it's only sugary bottled juice that barkeeps reach for.
Thanks to the popularity of drinks such as the cosmopolitan in the early aughts, the whole berry has happily made its way back to the bar. This is my take on the unabashedly pink descendant of the martini.
This recipe first appeared in Season 12 of Good Eats.
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Cranberry Granita

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberries, washed and sorted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest

Fresh Cranberry Cosmo

  • 1 fluid ounce vodka
  • 2 1/2 ounces Cranberry Granita
  • 1/2 fluid ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

Specialized Hardware

  • Immersion blender or conventional blender
  • Fine-mesh sieve
  • Boston-style cocktail shaker
ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 6 hours
Yield: 1 cocktail

Procedure

Cranberry Granita

  • Simmer the water, cranberries, and sugar in a small saucepan set over medium-high heat until the berries begin to pop, approximately 7 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat. Puree with an immersion blender, conventional blender, or food processor for 1 minute. Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer directly into a metal 9-by-13-inch pan. Do not press on the skins; simply allow the juice to drip through the strainer. Add the zest and stir to combine.
  • Freeze until set, at least 6 hours or up to overnight. Once frozen, scrape the mixture with a fork to create a shaved ice texture.

Fresh Cranberry Cosmo

  • Place the vodka, 2 1/2 ounces cranberry granita, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and shake until the granita melts completely. Pour into a wide-rimmed glass and serve immediately.
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