Cosmos are one of the quintessential classy cocktails. (Fans of Sex and the City 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 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 — the cranberry juice for guava juice — to make a totally new cocktail packed with flavor.
Guavas are a sweet, tropical fruit that I enjoy eating when I visit South Africa. I rarely find fresh ones in my local supermarket in America, but you can sometimes find guava juice in the juice aisle or in the international aisle. Worth a look, I say! If you don’t have any luck, feel free to sub in other kinds of juice. Try it with pomegranate juice or pineapple juice, or go back to classic with cranberry.
The Guava Cosmopolitan is a fun and classy cocktail for any night in with the ladies, or just sipping on solo at home. One sip, and you’ll feel like you’re vacationing in a tropical and cosmopolitan destination. Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte would be very, very jealous. // susannah
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Click through to learn how to make a Guava Cosmopolitan!
A tropical twist on the classic cosmo cocktail
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1/2 ounce triple sec, or other orange-flavored liqueur
- 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.