Make a Guava Cosmopolitan tonight! It’s a classy pink drink for any night in with your best friends, but also the perfect cocktail for sipping on solo.
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Cosmos are one of the quintessential classy cocktails.
(Fans of Carrie Bradshaw & co. have known this for years.)
I mentioned the Cosmopolitan a couple weeks ago when I showed you its cousin, the Madras.
Served in a fancy cocktail glass, a traditional cosmo cocktail is made with vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice and triple sec.
But the cosmo can get boring if you make or order them a lot.
Sometimes, making better cocktails at home is as simple as substituting something else for a key ingredient.
This Guava Cosmopolitan changes out just one ingredient — the cranberry juice for guava juice — to make a totally new cocktail that is packed with flavor.
What is guava juice?
Guavas are a sweet, tropical fruit that I enjoy eating when I visit South Africa.
If you’ve never tried one, you absolutely should. Once ripe, the taste is sweet and reminiscent of strawberry, pear, mango and even grapefruit. Unripe guavas can be quite sour.
When juiced, the result is a sweet juice that makes a wonderful cocktail mixer.
You can mix it in most drinks where you’d enjoy fruit juices. If you find yourself with a surplus of guava juice after you try this cosmopolitan, here are a few ideas for cocktails you can make:
- This guava mimosa is bright and refreshing when you mix guava juice with champagne.
- Try mixing it with rum for this guava rum cocktail or a guava mojito.
- Adding ginger beer and vodka will give you a guava moscow mule.
Where to buy guava juice
I rarely find fresh guavas in my local supermarket in America, but you might find them at an international grocery store.
You can sometimes find guava juice in the juice aisle or in the international aisle at a regular supermarket. Worth a look, I say!
If not, you can also buy guava juice online. Ceres is my favorite brand.
If you don’t have any luck finding guava juice, feel free to sub in other kinds of juice to make a cosmopolitan all your own!
Try it with pomegranate juice or pineapple juice, or go back to classic with cranberry.
These sparkling cosmpolitans are also something fun to try.
How to make a guava cosmopolitan
The Guava Cosmopolitan is a fun and classy cocktail for any night in with the ladies, or just sipping on solo at home.
To make it, you will need vodka, guava juice, lime juice and triple sec.
And a lime wedge for a garnish of course! No drink is complete without a garnish.
Toss all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake, shake, shake. Then strain into a martini glass.
One sip, and you’ll feel like you’re vacationing in both a tropical and cosmopolitan destination.
I guarantee you: Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte would be very, very jealous. // susannah
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1/2 ounce triple sec
- 1 ounce guava juice
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- lime wedge
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, triple sec, guava juice and lime juice. Shake vigorously. Pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime. Serve immediately.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 205Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g