Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail is a non-alcoholic version of the classic Cosmopolitan cocktail. It's perfect for those who enjoy the sophisticated blend of sweet and tart flavors without the buzz. This mocktail has become a favorite among designated drivers, pregnant women, and anyone else who wants to enjoy a festive drink without the alcohol.

  • Originates from the desire to include non-drinkers in celebratory toasts.
  • The Cosmopolitan gained popularity in the 1990s, and this mocktail follows its footsteps.
  • It's a popular choice for holiday parties and social gatherings.

How Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail Tastes?

The Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail has a refreshing balance of tart and sweet. The cranberry juice provides a sharp, tangy flavor that's mellowed by the citrus notes of lime. The addition of orange-flavored syrup adds a subtle fruity sweetness that complements the other ingredients perfectly.

Interesting facts about Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail

  • The Cosmopolitan cocktail, which the mocktail mimics, was famously sipped by characters on the television show 'Sex and the City'.
  • Cranberries are one of the few fruits native to North America.
  • Mocktails have gained popularity as part of the 'sober curious' and health-conscious movements.


Cranberry Juice

The cranberry juice provides the distinct tart base for this mocktail, and at 4oz, it's just enough to satisfy without overwhelming. Less could leave you with a less fruity drink, more, and the tartness might overpower the other ingredients. No cranberry? Try pomegranate juice for a similar tart profile with added depth.

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Lime Juice

Half an ounce of lime juice adds a vital tangy zest, balancing out the sweetness of the syrup. Neglect the lime, and your mocktail could become overly sweet. Want a twist? Lemon juice can give you a similar zesty kick but with a slightly different citrus edge.

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Orange-Flavored Syrup

At 0.5oz, the orange-flavored syrup brings a sweet citrus note that complements the cranberry. It's like the sugar to your coffee; a little is necessary, but too much and you'll be sipping sugary citrus soup. No syrup? A dash of orange extract and simple syrup could do the trick!

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Sparkling Water

Sparkling water at 2oz gives this mocktail its refreshing effervescence. Skimp on it and you'll miss the fizz; drown your drink in it, and you'll water down those vibrant flavors. Tonic water is a potential alternative, adding a slightly bitter edge to the overall flavor.

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Ice Cubes

Ice ice, baby! Needed to chill and dilute the drink to perfection. No ice means a warm, concentrated concoction—not the ideal refreshing experience.

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Lime Wheel

Finally, the lime wheel garnish adds aesthetic appeal and a hint of aroma to engage the sense of smell, rounding out the mocktail experience! A lemon twist could also work for a splash of yellow and a subtly different citrus smell.

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Recipe. How to make Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Pour in the cranberry juice, lime juice, and orange-flavored syrup.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  5. Top with sparkling water.
  6. Garnish with a lime wheel on the rim of the glass.

Pro Tips

  • Chill your martini glass in the freezer for about 15 minutes before making the mocktail to keep it extra cold.
  • When garnishing with the lime wheel, make a small cut from the center to the edge so it sits securely on the rim of the glass.

Perfect Pairings


Cheese Platter: A selection of mild cheeses, such as brie or havarti, complements the acidity of the cranberry and the zestiness of the lime.

Seafood: Light seafood dishes, such as shrimp cocktail or ceviche, pair beautifully with the fruity and tangy flavors of the Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail.

Main Courses

Grilled Chicken: Opt for a simple grilled chicken seasoned with herbs to not overshadow the mocktail's delicate flavors.

Vegetarian Pasta: A vegetarian pasta dish with a light olive oil-based sauce would pair well, allowing the mocktail to shine through with its bright notes.


Lemon Tart: The citrus notes in both the tart and the mocktail will complement each other wonderfully.

Sorbet: A raspberry or lime sorbet would provide a refreshing and light finish alongside the mocktail.

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What you could change in Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail

  • If you don't have orange-flavored syrup, you can use a splash of orange juice or a few drops of orange extract mixed with simple syrup.
  • For a sugar-free version, use a sugar-free cranberry juice and a sugar-free syrup.

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Pomegranate Cosmo Mocktail

Substitute cranberry juice with pomegranate juice and garnish with pomegranate seeds. This twist will deepen the mocktail's flavors with a richer fruity profile, adding an exotic twist to your sophisticated sipper.

Fizzy Orange Cosmo Mocktail

Instead of orange-flavored syrup, use a splash of actual orange juice and increase the sparkling water ratio for a more fizzy and zesty mocktail. Oranges up front, this will be a bubbly treat that's more refreshing and less sweet.

Herbal Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail

Add a sprig of thyme or rosemary to the shaker and let it infuse the mocktail. Herbal notes will introduce an earthy undertone to the tart and sweet flavors, enchanting your taste buds with every sip.

In case you forgot basics how to make Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail

Can the Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail be prepared in large batches for parties?

Yes, the Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail can easily be scaled up to serve multiple people. Simply multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you need, mix in a large pitcher, and refrigerate until serving time. Add ice, sparkling water, and garnishes just before serving to maintain freshness and carbonation.

Are there any variations of the Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail for different seasons?

Certainly! For a winter twist, you might add a sprinkle of cinnamon or a splash of pomegranate juice. During the summer, muddle fresh mint or berries into the mixture for a seasonal touch.

How should I store leftover Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail?

If you have leftover mocktail, it's best stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator. It should stay fresh for up to 2 days. However, it's recommended to add the sparkling water only to what you're ready to consume to keep the fizziness intact.

Can I freeze the Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail to make slushies?

Yes, freezing the mocktail mixture without the sparkling water can create a slushy consistency. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze, then blend the frozen cubes until slushy.

Is the Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail suitable for children?

Absolutely! This non-alcoholic mocktail is suitable for guests of all ages, making it a great option for family-friendly events or gatherings.

What is a zero-proof cocktail?

A zero-proof cocktail is another term used for a non-alcoholic beverage that mimics the complexity and enjoyment of a traditional alcoholic cocktail, just like the Cranberry Cosmo Mocktail.

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