About this Recipe
In our house, Friday night is cocktail night. It’s a way to mark the start of the weekend and celebrate what we’ve achieved in the week. I love to sit at the end of our kitchen island while my husband goes into Tom Cruise mode making his cocktail of choice.
This Cos-no-politan is a fantastic non-alcoholic alternative to its Cosmopolitan sister! It’s proven so popular with guests at our house that we’ve been asked for the recipe – so here it is! And as it’s alcohol-free, you could celebrate on Friday, Monday, Tuesday…..
Yield: 1 cocktail
- 1.5 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 oz sugar syrup (simple syrup)
- 2 oz cranberry juice
- 0.5 oz tonic water
During the Covid lockdown, Jason took an online bartender & cocktail course as part of our ‘make the most of time at home’ efforts. His most significant takeaway from the course was the difference that using fresh ingredients makes. Previously, we used bottled lime juice in this Cos-no-politan, but the difference that fresh lime makes is fantastic! So if you can take the time…you won’t regret making fresh lime juice. Plus you get a bonus arm workout!
Homemade Sugar syrup – Why pay over the odds for shop-bought sugar syrup when it’s so easy to make and store at home? First, sterilise a glass container/bottle (I use diluted Milton fluid). Then simply add 1 cup of white sugar to 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Bring this to a boil and then let it simmer for a minute or two. Take the saucepan off the heat and leave it to cool to room temperature. Add the syrup to your sterilised bottle. Store for up to a few weeks in the refrigerator. (Of course, you can increase or decrease the quantity as desired).
Step by Step Instructions
Chill the cocktail glasses in the refrigerator or by adding ice water. (Empty before serving the cocktail). Prep the lime juice. We use a metal lemon/lime squeezer but feel free to use your juicer of choice.
Add the cranberry juice, sugar syrup, tonic and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Put the lid on the cocktail shaker and very gently shake (the tonic will froth if you mix too vigorously). Divide the cocktail into the chilled, empty glasses. Cheers!