For a while now, Kevin and I have been doing a little thing we call “Cocktail of the Week.” We pick a drink -sometimes a classic like a Gimlet or Old Fashioned, sometimes a concoction all our own- and learn to make it properly. If we don’t have the required ingredients, we run out to our favorite liquor store and buy what we’re missing.
This week, we’re making a Christmas-y drink: a Cranberry Granita Cosmopolitan, adapted from Alton Brown’s recipe. It’s a spin on the classic ladies-night-out staple. Instead of using cranberry cocktail juice, we freeze 100% cranberry juice on a sheet pan, then scrape it to make large, loose, frozen flakes (that’s the granita) and use that as the cranberry in the cocktail. It’s slushy, tart, and waaaaay better than the pale pink things you’ll get at happy hour.
Give it a try! Even the guys can’t resist this one… just ask Kevin.
Cranberry Granita Cosmopolitan
1 oz. Vodka
0.5 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice (don’t use the bottled stuff, go with real limes!)
2.5 0z. cranberry granita
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a twist of lime. Enjoy!