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This week's co*cktail, the Cranberry Limoncello Cosmo, is inspired by a former co-workers and friend of mine, who happens to be a former long-term news anchor, now PR professional.

The working woman's drink

She loves her cosmos. And she's 100% the person you'd expect to see sipping a cosmo—dressed to the nines, relaxing after a long week of work, in the most posh bar in town. She works hard for her money, is self-made and proud of it. She's sweet as pie but will likely drop the f-bomb during a conversation in a moment of passion. You can't not love her.

Whenever I think of a cosmopolitan co*cktail, I think of a working woman who's be out there grinding away, making money moves for her families or maybe just for a better life for herself.

I feel like the cosmo embodies many of the qualities of a strong woman.

What makes a cosmo so special?

Cosmos are known for their luminescent color, are usually garnished with a flair, and come in a hour-glass shaped vessel that needs to be handled very delicately so it doesn't spill!

My favorite cosmos have a sugar rim because that first sip can pack a punch! If you're not a big cosmo drinker, you might not realize that they are mostly alcohol so you do need to be a little careful that you drink them slowly or things could get ugly quick, ha!

If you're curious to know more about the cosmo and it's origins, you can check out the full history of the cosmopolitan co*cktail here.

How to Make a Cosmo at Home

There are a few things you're going to need in order to get the full experience of this iconic co*cktail at home.

First, you're going to want a proper martini glass. Since half the fun of this co*cktail is how it looks, you definitely want to be sure you're sipping it out of the right glassware. If you need a set of martini glass, you can grab some on Amazon or you may even be able to score a cheap set at your local grocery or dollar store like I did!

How to Garnish Your Cosmo

Second thing is the garnish. The lemon twist, in this case. It's actually super easy to make!

If you've never done it before, here's how to make a lemon twist garnish:

1. Cut a round slice of lemon.
2. Then cut the rind in one spot.
3. Cut away the flesh of the lemon, leaving just the rind.
4. Twist the rind tightly into a curly-Q shape. It will spring out just a bit but otherwise will hold its shape and will sit nicely on the side of your cosmo glass!

How to Make this Cranberry Limoncello Cosmo

Watch this how-to video that shows how to mix this drink, and also how to make the fun lemon twist garnish!

Special equipment you'll need

Last thing you may want is a co*cktail shaker. If you don't have one, you can use a mason jar with a lid or you can get a shaker set on Amazon which comes with a shot glass to measure the ingredients.

You can also use a standard 2 ounce shot glass to measure your liquor and juice which is what I do since the co*cktail shaker I own didn't come with any extras.

Why is this the best limoncello cranberry cosmo?

Final thing I want to just mention is the reason I'm calling this the "best" limoncello cranberry cosmo. It is because I've tried several recipes and they are surprisingly BAD. They were too tart, too saturated with alcohol, didn't make enough to fill the glass, etc.

So this recipe has a nice balance between tart and sweet, isn't overly saturated with alcohol (although it is strong so sip slowly!), and the proportions fit nicely inside a standard sized, 6 ounce martini glass.

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Best Cranberry Limoncello Cosmo

Author: Angela G.

Cosmos are known for their luminescent color, are usually garnished with a flair, and come in a hour-glass shaped vessel that needs to be handled very delicately so it doesn’t spill!

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Course: co*cktails

Cuisine: American

Skill Level: Easy

Recipe Type: Alcoholic Beverage, Summer, Thanksgiving

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes minutes

Servings: 1 Servings

Yield: 1 cosmo


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz limoncello
  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • Sugar for the rim
  • Grenadine to taste optional
  • Fresh cranberries and lemon slice for garnish

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  • Start with creating your lemon twist. See instructions above or watch the video below if you're not sure how to make a lemon twist garnish.

  • Once you're make your lemon twist, take the leftover flesh of the lemon and use that to rub onto the rim of your martini glass in order to make it sticky.

  • Pour a good amount of sugar onto a flat plate then dip the lemon-rubbed rim of the glass into the sugar until the rim is nice and sugary. (I typically pour the remaining sugar back into my sugar canister when done)

  • Next, add vodka, limoncello, and cranberry juice to a co*cktail shaker with ice and shake. If you prefer a sweeter cosmo, add a splash of grenadine too. Strain into your sugar-rimmed glass and garnish by floating a fresh (or frozen) cranberries in the drink and then rest the lemon twist on the edge of your glass.

  • Sip and enjoy!


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Nutrition Facts

Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

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Best Cranberry Limoncello Cosmo - Mighty Mrs | Super Easy Recipes (2024)


What should limoncello be mixed with? ›

Limoncello liqueur has a concentrated zesty freshness which enlivens co*cktails, parring well with flavours such as basil, honey, agave and tea. With: Citrus vodka, limoncello, lemon juice and sugar syrup. We say: Lemon, lemon and lemon, but well-balanced, refreshing and tasty. A great early summer's evening co*cktail.

What is the best way to have limoncello? ›

Serving limoncello liqueur the right way is key to enjoying its taste. Limoncello is commonly served 'straight', without ice in either a shot glass or tulip tasting glass. Limoncello is poured directly from the freezer, to be consumed freezing cold. This is how you can truly taste the full flavour of the limoncello.

Does a cosmo have sugar on the rim? ›

You only need four ingredients to make the perfect cosmo — citron vodka, triple sec or cointreau, cranberry juice and a lime (none of that bottled stuff. I try to keep fresh limes handy at all times.) If you want to be fancy, get yourself some martini glasses. I like to line the rim with sugar.

What to eat while drinking limoncello? ›

Pair with Spuntini (Italian for “small bites”):
  • Bruschetta.
  • Caprese salad with tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella cheese.
  • Italian meats as mortadella, bresaola, prosciutto di Parma and salami.
  • Smoked salmon tartine or tartare.

What can I do with a bottle of limoncello? ›

For simple yet sublime dishes, pour chilled limoncello over fresh fruit, gelato or pound cake. Whisk it into ricotta or mascarpone cheese and serve it alongside grilled fruit or rustic cakes. Limoncello also makes a zippy icing for treats such as ricotta cookies or polenta cake.

Can you get drunk on limoncello? ›

Limoncello has about a 30% alcohol content so while it may jump start your digestive enzymes, it will also get you DRUNK.

How do the Italians drink limoncello? ›

In fact, most bottles are stored in the freezer so that when the liquid is served, it goes down more smoothly. Although limoncello is usually served in a shot glass or what some refer to as a “shooter”, the sweet drink is to be sipped, not taken as a shot.

Should limoncello be refrigerated after opening? ›

Its high alcohol content lets you store it without refrigeration for up to two years, but the taste might fade with time. Once opened, they do best in cool spots away from sunlight. If you're into aged limoncello, stash it somewhere cool and dark for a year – but don't forget to savor it within that time.

Does limoncello need a mixer? ›

It can be sipped on its own as digestif, mixed into sparkling water, shaken or stirred into co*cktails, like limoncello with tequila, limoncello gin or mixed melon and limoncello sangria.

Which is better in a Cosmo Cointreau or Grand Marnier? ›

Orange liqueur: I recommend Cointreau for the best cosmos! You can use Triple Sec, Cointreau, or Grand Marnier in our cosmopolitan recipe. Cointreau is a type of Triple Sec that tastes stronger and more complex. It's also smoother, so I love using it for cosmos.

What is a substitute for cranberry juice in a cosmopolitan? ›

Blackberry Cosmopolitan: Replaces the cranberry juice with the juice from muddled blackberries. Rude Cosmopolitan: Substitute tequila for the vodka. Blueberry Pomegranate Cosmopolitan: Replaces the cranberry juice with pomegranate and muddled blueberries.

Is limoncello good for your gut? ›

Limoncello on its own is categorized as a digestif liqueur, meaning it's meant to be sipped on its own after a meal to aid in digestion. This is how limoncello is commonly used in Italy—after a meal, people stay at the table, either after dessert or during dessert, sharing limoncello and toasting to good health.

Is limoncello a shot or sipping drink? ›

Although it's often served in a shot glass, people generally drink it in two or three sips. Check the bottle before buying it. The best-tasting Italian Limoncellos come from the Amalfi coast of Italy and use the sfusato Amalfitano lemon.

How do you drink limoncello traditionally? ›

Drinking it straight (and straight from the freezer) is by far the most common and preferred way to consume limoncello. Limoncello is considered a digestif (after-dinner drink), thought to aid digestion. It is much sweeter and generally lower in alcohol content than hard alcohols like vodka or whiskey.

What do Italians drink limoncello with? ›

Lemon is known to aid in digestion, which is why this delicious beverage it is often served after lunch or dinner as a tasty treat. Sometimes, it is also paired with small cookies or tarts. The correct way to serve limoncello is chilled, in a small glass.

How do you consume limoncello? ›

Limoncello is best enjoyed when consumed slowly. This allows you to fully appreciate the intricate flavours imparted by the lemon zest. Whether served in a shot glass, a small stemmed glass, or a ceramic cup, take your time to savour each sip.

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