Winter White Cosmopolitan Cocktail

Winter White Cosmopolitan

I missed Friday Cocktails this past week. I was thinking that both I and most readers would be absorbed with family time and that a cocktail for a Winter White Cosmopolitan might best be presented today.

The Winter White Cosmopolitan came about at the suggestion of a reader; she had wondered if I had ever had one at the Bonefish Grill; a chain restaurant that is highly regarded by the people I know that frequent it the most.

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I had not; but my interest was piqued and a quick search found several websites with a recipe and one that even had a Bonefish Grill bartender leave comments about the updated cocktail (now served with a small amount of St. Germain liqueur).

I was especially curious about the notion of the words ‘white’ and ‘cranberry’ co-mingling. They are not found in abundance and finding the juice to make a Winter White Cosmopolitan Cocktail was not the easiest mission I’ve ever been on.

As an avid lover of all things cranberry I thought those two words an anomaly when combined. With a simple bit of discovery I found that white cranberries are simply regular cranberries that have been harvested after the fruits are mature, but before they have attained their characteristic dark red color.

Winter White Cosmopolitan

I checked all of the local grocery stores that I normally frequent and turned up empty handed. I finally left a comment on the Ocean Spray Facebook Page and son of a gun, they responded with the address for their product locator.

The one local grocery store I never visit, Safeway, carried the juice. Whoo Hoo!!

Considering that it was the holidays and the day before Christmas when both traffic and shopping are at their peak, I decided to call first, to make sure that my mission would not be for naught. Gotta chuckle at this one.

When I queried the person who answered the phone if they carried White Cranberry Juice, she replied that she had not seen any come through when she was working the register.

Now I don’t know about you but I thought that the most unscientific method of inventory control EVER. I asked if she would please have someone check the stock and lo and behold, it was on the shelves. Glad I insisted!

I’ve seen other cocktails call for this juice too so if you’re like me and want to find some, try using the handy Ocean Spray Product Locator and save yourself some of the hassle I encountered.

Everything else in a Winter White Cosmopolitan Cocktail is pretty straightforward but the difference between the original recipe I found and the updated one were pretty significant so mine is something of a blend of the two.

The original called for Cranberry vodka which luckily I had in my bar. The updated one did not but I used it anyhow so this recipe is sort of my blend of the two. Bottom line, using straight vodka works just fine.

The original also did not call for the St. Germain liqueur and it’s pretty pricey stuff. Look for the small bottle that I’ve seen available in some stores and also check out the other brands of Elderflower liqueur now showing up on liquor store shelves; it’s not as expensive as the St. Germain.

Only one tablespoon of St. Germain is used per cocktail so it could even be excluded; your call.

Winter White Cosmopolitan

A beautiful winter cocktail; one suitable for celebrating the coming New Year or all winter long!

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Winter White Cosmopolitan Cocktail Served in a Martini Glass
Winter White Cosmopolitan Cocktail Served in a Martini Glass
Winter White Cosmopolitan

Winter White Cosmopolitan Cocktail

A gorgeous take on a Cosmopolitan for winter; white cranberry juice and elderflower liqueur make it special.
4.44 from 50 or more votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Vodka
Servings 1 Cocktail
Calories 313 kcal


  • 1.5 oz Vodka I used Cranberry Vodka but plain is fine
  • .75 oz Cointreau
  • 1 Tbsp St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
  • ½ oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ oz Simple Syrup
  • 1.5 oz White Cranberry juice

For Garnish:

  • 3 to 4 Frozen or Sugared Cranberries
  • Mint


  • Combine ingredients over ice in shaker tin. Shake & strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with frozen or sugared cranberries and a sprig of mint.


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    1. 5 stars
      Couldn’t find white cranberry juice anywhere so used the Ocean Spray white-cran peach and it was still delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  1. Lovely cocktail, I first tried one a couple of weeks ago with my friends and now I’m planning to serve them again on Christmas Eve!

    1. Since I first made this Jennie, I have found it easier to locate but thanks for the tip. I order lots online so this is good to know!

    1. Ooh…that sounds great too Liz! You are so lucky to have Meyer lemons. I tried growing a little tree but had to bring it in for winter…I gave up after a couple of years!

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