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Santa Clausmopolitan

A festive drink that is vodka based. Filled with cranberry, triple sec and a little Christmas cheer making it perfect for the holidays. 

This season calls for a good cocktail or two. Something easy that can feed a crowd but festive and delicious. It is filled with cranberries, vodka, triple sec, lime juice and a little coconut makes it look so festive and pretty. It is a take on the classic cosmopolitan, you can check out that recipe linked here.

The glasses look like Santa hats making them prefect for a party. There is a fancy element in this cocktail recipe and that is the sugared cranberries. They are deceptively simple to make and look very elegant and fancy for your cocktails and desserts during this holiday season. I have used desiccated coconut to decorate the glass but shredded coconut works well too. 

How to make Sugared Cranberry?

Boil 1 cup water with 1 tbsp maple syrup, add the fresh cranberries and take off the heat, strain out the liquid (save it for other cocktails or desserts) dunk the cranberries into castor sugar and let them dry out for a few minutes. 

I like to serve this cocktail in a martini glass as it is actually a cosmopolitan but glammed up into a christmas cocktail. Find the glasses linked here. You can use any juice you like, I am using cranberry juice here but a red juice like pomegranate or raspberry juice would work in this recipe. The triple sec adds a little sweetness and you can use Cointreau as well, the citrus adds a delicious flavor to the cocktail.

Non alcoholic option –

If you want to make this a non alcoholic drink leave out the vodka and triple sec. I would recommend using orange extract/essence instead to still give it that intense orange flavor. Also, I have used fresh cranberries here, you can use frozen that have been thawed. You cannot use dried cranberries. 

Food Pairing –

The best foods to serve with this is cheese. With charcuterie boards being big right now, I would recommend a mixed cheese platter with crackers, nuts, dried fruits and cold cuts. Mini quiches would be delicious as well. You could serve this with pasta bakes or even some turkey sandwiches. 

If you want more drinks inspiration make sure to check out the drinks recipe section on the blog. Now that we have covered how to make this Santa Clausmopolitan, you can have a look at the recipe video on my socials but let’s get to it. Do forget to follow along for more holiday baking recipe inspiration. 

If you try this recipe out, don’t forget to share it with me on instagram so I can see how it turned out. I’d love nothing more than to chat with you on your cooking/baking.

Santa Clausmopolitan

A festive drink that is vodka based. Filled with cranberry, triple sec and a little Christmas cheer making it perfect for the holidays.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Bar, Celebration, Cocktail, Cocktails, Drinks, Party
Cuisine American
Servings 2 drinks

Equipment

  • Glass shaker
  • Strainer
  • Muddler

Ingredients
  

  • 60 ml Vodka
  • 30 ml Cranberry juice
  • 30 ml Triple sec
  • 15 ml Lime juice
  • 15 gm Cranberries
  • 4-6 Ice cubes

To serve:

  • Lime wedges
  • Desiccated coconut
  • Sugared cranberries check notes

Instructions
 

  • In a cocktail shaker, add the fresh cranberries, lime juice, vodka, triple sec and muddle together for a minute. Add the ice in the shaker and shake well.
  • Wipe the rim of your glass with the lime wedge and dunk into the desiccated coconut until the top is rimmed. Pour the drink through a fine strainer into the glass. Garnish with the sugared cranberries and serve chilled.

Notes

  • Sugared Cranberry - Boil 1 cup water with 1 tbsp maple syrup, add the fresh cranberries and take off the heat, strain out the liquid (save it for other cocktails or desserts) dunk the cranberries into castor sugar and let them dry out for a few minutes.

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