SIMPLE Santaclausmopolitan

SIMPLE Santacosmopolitan - turn an everyday cosmopolitan into something special this holiday season #cocktails #holidays #drinks #cosmo

A cosmopolitan is a very popular drink, especially among the female crowd, as they have a hint of sophistication to them, yet they have a great twist of sweetness.

But why stop at a standard cosmo when you can make this festive Santaclausmopolitan?

We took the classic drink and added some fun crushed candy canes to the rim and called it a SANTAclausmopolitan.  If you don’t have candy canes try mixing a little granulated sugar with some red food coloring.

How to Sugar Rim a cocktail glass?

  • Start with a plate or shallow bowl of water, lime juice or lemon juice then dip in the rim of your glass. 
  • Evenly dip the rim into the crushed candy canes.

How To Make a Santaclausmopolitan:

  • After festively decorating the rim of the martini glass, simply mix the ingredients in the recipe card below in a cocktail shaker
  • Strain the santaclausmopolitan into the glass and enjoy!

What to pair with a Santaclausmopolitan:

A cosmopolitan provides the perfect backdrop to these Maple Honey & Walnut Cream Cheese Phyllo Bites  or a Charcuterie platter.

Whether you want to make one for yourself, for you and a couple of friends, or for a whole party, this Santaslausmopolitan recipe makes it easy.  It’s the perfect mix of sweet, sour, and tart, a cocktail the world just can’t get enough of!

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A cosmopolitan made at Christmas time called the Santaclausmopolitan

SIMPLE Santaclausmopolitan

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  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


  • ¼ cup Vodka
  • 1 Tablespoon Triple Sec
  • 1 tablespoon Cranberry Juice
  • 1 ½ tsp Lime juice


  1. Chill the glass.
  2. Run a wedge of lime around the edge of the glass and dip it in either plain sugar (or to be festive you can add granulated sugar to a food processor and add a tint of red food coloring or finely crushed candy canes). Pour the sugar onto a plate and dip the glass in it.
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice. Shake the cocktail shaker for about 30 seconds until well chilled. Then, strain into a martini glass.



To make 4 drinks at one time, add 1 cup vodka, ¼ cup triple sec, ¼ cup cranberry juice, and 2-4 T lime juice to a pitcher


  • Serving Size: 1

We call this drink the Santaclausmopolitan - enjoy! #cocktails #holidaydrinks #party #simplepartyfood


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  • Reply
    December 28, 2019 at 1:52 am

    I think this only let me give it 4 stars but it really deserves 5 ! Best cosmos I’ve ever served

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    December 13, 2020 at 8:55 am

    I found these on your Pinterest board. I love these! I am making them next weekend.

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