Fresh cranberry cosmopolitan

Make a better cosmo with fresh granita

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It's cranberry season, and that means it's time to take your cosmo to the next level by mixing it with your own handmade cranberry granita!

Granita is a Sicilian semi-frozen dessert similar to sorbet. And it can be used to make one killer cranberry cosmo! Here, we use fresh cranberries to make a delicious granita that can be eaten on its own, and make it even more enticing with booze and a beautiful glass.

Fresh cranberry cosmopolitan recipe

Yields about 4

Ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 6 ounces vodka
  • 10 ounces cranberry granita (recipe below)
  • 2 ounces orange liqueur
  • 2 ounces lime juice

Directions:

  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake all the ingredients vigorously until the shaker turns very cold in your hands. Pour the mixture into 4 martini glasses, garnish with lime wheels or fresh cranberries and serve cold.

Fresh cranberry granita recipe

Serves about 4 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 2-3/4 ounces (about 3/4 cup) fresh cranberries, washed and drained
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon or lime zest

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the water, cranberries and sugar to a simmer, cooking until the cranberries begin to pop (about 7 minutes).
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and use a stick blender or blender to purée them for about 60 seconds.
  3. Situate a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and carefully pour the cranberry purée through the strainer to remove the skins. Don’t press to speed the process or bits of the skin could get through.
  4. Add the zest to the strained liquid and mix well. (Discard the skins.)
  5. Place the mixture into the freezer in a shallow pan and allow it to set for between 6 hours and overnight.
  6. Scrape the frozen ice mixture with a fork.

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Heather Barnett is a freelance writer and foodie whose work has been featured in blogs, websites, magazines, and TV and radio ads. She spends her free time relaxing with her soulmate, Keith; her dog, Mosby "The Fly Slayer;" and Felix the Fish. You can follow her on Twitter @HireHeather.