Guava Cosmopolitan

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.

A lime wheel rests in a guava cosmopolitan

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Guava Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

Cosmos are one of the quintessential classic — and classy — cocktails. (Fans of Carrie Bradshaw & co. have known this for years.)

Served in a fancy cocktail glass, a traditional cosmopolitan cocktail is made with vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice and triple sec. It’s cousins with the Cape Codder and the Madras.

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.

Guava is a sweet, tropical fruit. I grew up eating it for dessert with custard when I visited my grandparents. Sadly, it’s not enjoyed everywhere, but these days it’s not uncommon to find guava juice at the store.

Why you’ll love this recipe

The guava cosmopolitan is a fun and flavorful cocktail for summertime or anytime. You’re going to love it because…

  • With just a few ingredients, it’s quick and easy to make.
  • Guava brings a light and bright flavor to this classic cocktail.
  • It’s refreshing and perfect for summertime.
An overhead view of a gold cocktail shaker, whole limes, two cocktails garnished with lime wheels and mint sprigs on a white surface.

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.

A guava cosmopolitan garnished with a lime wheel. Sprig of fresh mint sits in front of the glass on a white surface.

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.

A tropical cosmopolitan cocktail sits in front of a copper cocktail shaker. Fresh mint and whole limes surround the glass.

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. 

Two tropical cosmos sit side by side with whole limes and mint sprigs surrounding them. A copper cocktail shaker is visible in the background.

Guava cocktails

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:

More tropical drinks

A guava cosmopolitan garnished with a lime wheel. Sprig of fresh mint sits in front of the glass on a white surface.

Guava Cosmopolitan

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Guava gives a sweet twist on the classic cosmopolitan cocktail.
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ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce guava juice
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • lime wedge
  • ice

instructions

  • 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 cocktail

amount per serving:

Serving: 5ounces Calories: 198kcal Carbohydrates: 11g Protein: 0.2g Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0.02g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g Sodium: 4mg Potassium: 69mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 8g Vitamin A: 16IU Vitamin C: 17mg Calcium: 8mg Iron: 0.1mg
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  1. Terri says

    Hi Susannah, I am making this tomorrow evening. I only have ice cubes and no shaker… Should I crush the ice cubes and add them to a pitcher? How many ounces of ice per serving? I am a cocktail newbie 😊

    • Susannah says

      Hey Terri! You can simply stir the mixture together, without ice, then pour it over ice. You can also use any jar with a lid for a shaker. Cosmopolitans are usually served neat (meaning without ice), but if you want to use ice, it would still be good. I typically fill glasses mostly to the top with ice (like 3/4 full or a little more) and then pour over top. Hope this helps!

      • Terri says

        I used my daughter’s water bottle (desperate measures!) and crushed the ice with a mallet. I poured the mixture over the crushed ice. Maybe not exactly as it should have been but nevertheless just wonderful and loved by all! Thank you!

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