This Santa Clausmopolitan cocktail is a Christmas twist on a classic favorite

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If you’re searching for the perfect holiday drink that combines quirky cheerful character with classic elegance, this fun take on the Cosmo is perfect!

It combines traditional ingredients with wintry flavors for a cocktail recipe that’s ideal to make during the wintertime and for the holidays.

This cheerful and sweet cocktail is the perfect way to instantly bring Christmas cheer to any party or occasion!

With festive garnishes and a gorgeous presentation, this is the perfect way to add life to any holiday party or chilly gathering.

Fans of the iconic Cosmopolitan cocktail will love this fun and wintry take on the drink that makes it perfect as a celebratory Christmas cocktail!


Sweet, sophisticated, and refreshing, this tongue-in-cheek Santa Clausmopolitan turns a familiar and elegant drink into something with extra charm and character.

This simple cocktail combines vodka, triple sec, and cranberry juice, and the garnishes take the presentation to the next level!

You’ll love sipping one of these deliciously tart drinks while sitting around the fire, chatting with friends during your next holiday gathering, or while watching your favorite Christmas movie.

However you choose to enjoy your Clausmopolitan, you’re sure to love this festive twist on the familiar and classic cocktail!


Ingredients for Santa Clausmopolitan on a counter.

Pair classic Cosmo ingredients with wintry holiday garnishes to create a cocktail with the perfect combination of sophistication and character.

  • Cranberry Juice – Gives this drink its signature red color, as well as some sweet and tart fruity flavor.
  • Triple Sec – Enhances the cranberry flavor with a zing of citrus.
  • Vodka – A traditional ingredient for cosmos, any plain vodka will work well here.
  • Ice – Even in the winter, you’ll want to enjoy this cocktail cold! Cozy up by the fire while you drink it.
  • Candy Cane – For a fun and festive garnish.
  • Lime – Fresh lime juice emphasizes the citrus zing, and a lime wedge could also be added as garnish for the classic green and red color combination.
  • Frosting – You’ll use this for a fun snow-themed garnish.
  • Coconut Flakes – Acts as the “snow” around the rim of your cocktail glass.

A Santa Clausmopolitan is the ideal cocktail for Christmas holidays.


  • Cocktail Shaker – While not necessary, I prefer to shake this cocktail up instead of stirring it. I find the components come together better this way.
  • Martini Glasses
  • Shallow Dish – This is helpful to set out the coconut to make decorating the glasses easier.


  1. Coat the rim of a glass with frosting and then roll in coconut flakes.

    Coating a martini glass's edge with frosting and coconut flakes.

    Adding a coconut flake garnish mimics the look of snow, giving this drink a distinctly wintry presentation.

  2. Add ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Pour in the vodka, triple sec and cranberry juice to the cocktail shaker with ice. Squeeze in lime juice.

    The best part–this drink couldn’t be any easier to make! Pour everything into a shaker with ice, then give it a good shake, pour, and serve.

  3. Shake well, then pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a candy cane.


  • Mrs. Claus Cocktail – A fun twist on this drink is to use whiskey instead of vodka, making it a Mrs. Claus instead of the Clausmopolitan.
  • For another garnish, use fresh cranberries. Either float them in the drinks, or arrange them on a toothpick or small cocktail skewer and lay across the cocktail.
  • If you’re not a fan of coconut, another way to get a glittery and snow-like edge on the class is to use white sanding sugar along with the frosting. You could also rub a lime along the edge of the glass instead of frosting for a result with less sweetness.
  • Add extra dimension by using a flavored vodka. Cranberry vodka is a good option, or use orange flavored or lime flavored vodka to emphasize those citrus flavors.


  • For obvious reasons, be sure to rim the glasses before you add all of the liquid ingredients.
  • This recipe can be made in larger quantities for a crowd. Mix the ingredients in a large pitcher, keeping ingredient proportions the same. Stir well, then keep refrigerated and pour into prepared glasses with ice.
  • Another way to give this drink a wintry twist is to freeze the glass before pouring your drinks. This will give it a frosty appearance and help keep it cold.

A little cheeky, this elegant cocktail has the perfect blend of sweet flavors with a bit of a tart bite. You’ll love this Christmas-inspired twist on the classic beverage!


What’s the best vodka to use in a Cosmopolitan?

I like to use Grey Goose for the majority of my vodka cocktails, but other good brands are Tito’s if you need something reliable and affordable, Ketel One, or Belvedere.

Truly any plain vodka you like will work just fine, but I do recommend getting something that’s not too much on the cheap end!

What pairs well with a Cosmo?

Pair your Christmas Cosmopolitan cocktail with a cheeseboard or charcuterie board, or even these Charcuterie Jars so guests can choose their own assortment of snacks.

The subtle elegance of a Cosmo is great to pair with any kind of soft cheeses (think brie, ricotta, camembert) as well as crackers or chips for pairing.

Another good option would be shrimp cocktail, or these Smoked Salmon Puff Pastries. Anything fun with a little bit of sophistication makes a great companion for this drink.

This Christmas Cosmopolitan is a festive holiday cocktail.

What is the best orange liqueur for a Cosmopolitan?

Traditionally, DeKuyper triple sec or Cointreau are often used to fulfill the citrus part of this drink. They’re easy to find and not too hard on the wallet, plus they can be used in a variety of other cocktails as well.

If you’re looking for something on the higher end, Grand Marnier is also a good option. This is also tasty for sipping on its own, while choices like the triple sec aren’t as good on their own but make excellent mixers.

Santa Clausmopolitan Recipe

Yield: 1 Santa Clausmopolitan

Santa Clausmopolitan Cocktail

This Santa Clausmopolitan is a fun and festive take on the classic Cosmo with a fun wintry garnish and familiar, elegant flavors.

Prep Time
5 minutes

Total Time
5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • Ice
  • Candy Cane
  • Lime
  • Frosting
  • Coconut flakes


  1. Coat the rim of a glass with frosting and then roll in coconut flakes.
  2. Add ice cubes into a cocktail shaker.
  3. Pour in the vodka, triple sec and cranberry juice.
  4. Squeeze in lime juice.
  5. Shake well.
  6. Pour into the glass.
  7. Garnish with a candy cane.


  • Replace the vodka with whiskey to make a Mrs. Claus cocktail.
  • If you’re not a fan of coconut, you could also use white sanding sugar for the rim of the glass.
  • Try using a flavored vodka to give your cocktail extra dimension.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 780Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 333mgCarbohydrates: 111gFiber: 11gSugar: 84gProtein: 4g

Yield: 1

Serving Size: 1

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