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Grape Cosmo: A Delicious Twist on a Classic

Originally Posted On October 28, 2023 and Last Updated On

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How to Make a Grape Cosmo: A Delicious Twist on a Classic

Our Grape Cosmo recipe is a colorful twist on the classic Cosmopolitan cocktail. With its vibrant purple hue and a burst of grape flavor, it’s a refreshing and visually stunning choice for your next cocktail soirée.

In this article, we’ll provide you with a step-by-step guide to create the perfect Grape Cosmo, complete with ingredient details, serving suggestions, and tips to make it shine, so you can become the ultimate home mixologist.

Grape Cosmo Recipe

grape cosmo cocktail

Grape Cosmo

Yield: 1 Drink
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

The Grape Cosmo is a captivating twist on the classic Cosmopolitan, featuring grape vodka, triple sec, white cranberry juice, and lime for a perfect blend of sweet and sour. Shake it with ice, garnish with fresh grapes, and enjoy this visually stunning and delicious modern classic.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Grape Vodka
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 oz White Cranberry Juice
  • 0.5 oz Lime Juice
  • 0.5 oz Simple Syrup
  • Fresh Grapes (for garnish)
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Chill the martini glass.
  2. Measure the ingredients into a shaker.
  3. Shake with ice for 15 seconds.
  4. Strain into the chilled martini glass.
  5. Garnish with fresh grapes.

Notes

Enjoy your Grape Cosmo!

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Ingredients and Brands

Before you start making your Grape Cosmo, it’s essential to gather the necessary ingredients so you have everything on hand. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pinnacle Grape Vodka: Pinnacle offers a delicious grape-flavored vodka perfect for this cocktail.
  • DeKuyper Triple Sec Liqueur: Known for its sweet orange flavor, DeKuyper Triple Sec is a staple in many cocktails.
  • DeKuyper Razzmatazz Schnapps Liqueur: This raspberry liqueur adds a fruity twist.
  • Orange Slice: The orange slice not only garnishes your drink but also adds a hint of citrus aroma.
Measurement (ML)Measurement (Ounces)Ingredient
60 ml2 ozPinnacle® Grape Vodka
30 ml1 ozDeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
15 ml0.5 ozDeKuyper® Razzmatazz® Schnapps Liqueur
GarnishOrange Slice
Grape Cosmo Recipe Ingredients

Equipment

Now that you have your ingredients, let’s make sure you have the right bar tools to create your Grape Cosmo:

  • Shaker: A shaker is necessary for combining all the ingredients and chilling the cocktail as there is no ice in the final drink.
  • Strainer: To strain the cocktail into the cosmo glass and catch any ice or fruit pulp.
  • Cosmo Glass: A classic cosmo glass enhances the cocktail’s presentation, and a martini glass will do if you don’t have the proper bar glass types.
  • Jigger: This will help you accurately measure the ingredients in ounces for a perfectly balanced Grape Cosmo.

Tip: You can find cocktail shaker sets that include a strainer and jigger, making it easy to acquire all the necessary equipment.

Step-by-Step Preparation

Now that you have your ingredients and equipment ready, let’s dive into the step-by-step process of making a Grape Cosmo:

  1. Chill the Glass: Begin by chilling your martini glass. You can do this by placing it in the freezer or filling it with ice from your ice machine and cold water while you prepare the cocktail. This ensures your Grape Cosmo is served at the perfect temperature.
  2. Measure the Ingredients: Use a jigger to measure the following into your shaker:
    • 2 oz Grape Vodka
    • 1 oz Triple Sec
    • 0.5 oz Razzmatazz Schnapps Liqueur
    • A handful of ice cubes
  3. Mix in the Shaker: Secure the lid of your shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds. This chills the cocktail and thoroughly combines all the ingredients.
  4. Strain into the Cosmo or Martini Glass: Using a strainer, pour the Grape Cosmo into your chilled martini glass. The strainer will catch any ice or pulp, ensuring a smooth drink.
  5. Garnish with Fresh Grapes: For a final touch, skewer a few fresh grapes on a cocktail pick or skewer and place them on the rim of the glass. This not only adds visual appeal but also enhances the overall grape flavor.

Your Grape Cosmo is now ready to be served. The sweet, grape-infused aroma and the vibrant purple color make it an instant eye-catcher at any gathering.

a bartender making a grape cosmopolitan

Serving and Presentation

A well-presented cocktail enhances the overall drinking experience. Here are some tips for serving and presentation:

  • A proper cosmo glass should be used, but if you don’t have one, use a martini glass with a stem to keep the drink cold longer and avoid warming it with your hand.
  • For an extra flourish, you can rim the glass with sugar, which complements the Grape Cosmo’s sweetness.
  • Add a cocktail stirrer for a final touch. A grape-themed stirrer or one that matches the garnish can elevate the presentation.

Pairing Suggestions

Pairing your drink with the right food can elevate your overall dining experience. Here are some great pairing options:

  • Appetizers: Serve your Grape Cosmo with light appetizers like shrimp cocktail, bruschetta, or a cheese platter with grapes and crackers.
  • Salads: A fresh garden salad with a light vinaigrette or a citrusy chicken salad can be a perfect accompaniment.
  • Main Courses: For a full meal, pair your Grape Cosmo with seafood dishes, such as grilled shrimp or salmon, or even with chicken dishes.
  • Desserts: If you have a sweet tooth, pair the Grape Cosmo with fruity desserts like berry tarts or a citrusy sorbet.
  • Cheese: Cheese and cocktails are a great match. Consider serving your Grape Cosmo with a selection of cheeses, including brie, camembert, or gouda.
grape cosmopolitan recipe

Some Yummy Cosmopolitan Variations

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan – This recipe doesn’t include any cranberry juice at all and uses pomegranate juice as opposed to cranberry juice to create a new refreshing twist.

Pink Cosmopolitan – This very pretty colored drink is made by substituting homemade pink lemonade for cranberry juice and is super easy to make!

Blood Orange Cosmo – Another play on this classic is taking out the cranberry for blood orange juice. The color is awesome and it gives a slightly different taste on regular orange juice. A must try cocktail!

Blue Cosmo Recipe – This beautiful blue cosmo recipe is great for any occasion and looks stunning with its electric blue color.

Skyy Vodka Cosmo – Made with Skyy vodka, this is close to the classic with a smooth vodka to make it even yummier.

More Cosmo Stuff!

Types of Cosmopolitan Drinks – Check out all the variations you can make using many of the substitutions we’ve listed on this page.

Best Cranberry Juice for Cosmopolitan – When making a great cosmo, you should be using the best ingredients possible. See which juices are worth grabbing and which to leave at the store!

Substitutes for Cranberry Juice in a Cosmopolitan – Don’t want or have cranberry juice, no worries. Check out our article to find the best substitutions.

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    I'm Bill Allen, the guy behind this site. I've been a bartender, bar owner and sitting on both sides of a bar for almost 35 years, so I have some experience in the whole mixology scene. And now I'm just building out my site with as much helpful content as I can share with you.

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