the white cosmopolitan martini recipe..a variation of cosmopolitan

The White Cosmopolitan martini is a cocktail inspired by the traditional Cosmopolitan Martini. This recipe substitutes the ingredients that impart color to the Cosmopolitan with its colorless equivalent to create a drink that is mostly colorless.

In the traditional Cosmopolitan drink, the red color comes from the cranberry juice. We substitute the cranberry juice with the sparsely available white cranberry juice in this recipe to keep the drink “white” or colorless. The taste and flavor of the drink should essentially remain the same.


  • 2 shots of Citron Vodka (Absolut Citron or Grey Goose Le Citron)
  • 1 shot of the white cranberry juice
  • 1/2 shot of Cointreau
  • 1/2 shot of Lime juice
  • 3 Frozen cranberries for garnish


  1. Add some ice cubes into a cocktail shaker
  2. Add 2 shots of Citron Vodka into the shaker
  3. Add 1 shot of white cranberry juice
  4. Add half a shot of the Cointreau
  5. Add half a shot of the lime juice into the shaker
  6. Shake the contents of the shaker well
  7. Strain the contents of the shaker into a chilled martini glass
  8. Garnish the drink with frozen cranberries
white cosmo

Variations and Similar Drinks

Cosmopolitan: Similar drink where the white cranberry juice is substituted with the red cranberry juice.
Metropolitan: A variation of the traditional Cosmopolitan where the Kurant Vodka is used instead of the Citron Vodka.
Peach Cosmopolitan: Another variation of the Cosmopolitan where peach juice is used instead of the cranberry juice.


  • Some recipes call for Elderflower liqueur (eg. St Germain) instead of the Cointreau. The elderflower could impart a slight tinge of color to the white cosmopolitan.
  • You can also use Cranberry Vodka instead of the Citron vodka. You can also use the regular unflavored vodka as well if you do not have the citron vodka available.
  • Some recipes of white cosmopolitan call for orange vodka instead of regular or citron vodka. L’orange is another option.
  • You may use another orange liqueur such as triple sec instead of Cointreau.