Thanks to "Sex in the City," a Cosmopolitan (aka "a cosmo") is the ultimate cranberry cocktail, but you can do so much more with that humble cranberry juice.
Here is a round up of print and web recipes for cranberry libations:
2 ounces Ocean Spray® Cranberry Juice Cocktail
1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce raspberry liqueur
1 ounce champagne or sparkling wine
Ocean Spray® Fresh Cranberries and fresh raspberries, garnish
Combine the cranberry juice cocktail, vodka, and liqueur in an ice-filled martini shaker. Shake gently and strain into a large martini glass. Top with champagne and garnish with fresh cranberries and raspberries.
Makes 1 serving.
1 quart cranberry juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons water
In a medium saucepan, combine the juice, cinnamon stick, and cloves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and let simmer while you prepare the cranberry garnish.
In another saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons water. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until cranberries pop and are coated with the sugar mixture.
Let cranberries cook, and thread 3 to 4 berries on four decorative skewers. Pour the hot cranberry cocktail into four glasses, and garnish with cranberry skewers.
Let us not forget the simple, but delightful Seabreeze cocktail, sweet, tart and not too strong:
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup grapefruit juice
1 shot vodka
Pour ingredients over ice, Serve with a stirrer.