Shochu Cocktail Recipe: Spiced Holiday Cosmopolitan

Shochu Cosmopolitan Cocktail
Shochu Cosmopolitan Cocktail
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Spiced Holiday Cosmopolitan

A holiday version of a shochu-based Cosmopolitan with spiced cranberry juice and lower calories! Full of pumpkin spice and a perfect pre/post dinner cocktail.
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time3 minutes
Total Time28 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Cocktail
Keyword: cosmopolitan, cranberry, Martini, nankai shochu, shochu, Shochu cocktail
Servings: 1
Calories: 149kcal


  • Cocktail Shaker


Spiced Cranberry Juice

  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 cups Cranberries
  • 4 pcs Cloves
  • 1 stick Cinnamon
  • 2 slices Ginger
  • 1 peel Orange 1/4 orange

Spiced Holiday Cosmopolitan Cocktail

  • 2 oz Nankai Shochu
  • 2 oz Spiced Cranberry Juice
  • 0.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 0.5 oz Orange Liqueur


Spiced Cranberry Juice

  • Add all ingredients into pot.
  • Bring to boil and reduce for 10 minutes.
  • Let cool.

Spiced Holiday Cosmopolitan

  • Add all ingredients to shaker with ice.
  • Shake to chill.
  • Strain and pour into coupe glass. Serve.



Serving: 5oz | Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.3g | Sugar: 13.6g | Vitamin C: 8mg

The Nankai Shochu Spiced Holiday Cosmopolitan is a riff on the classic cocktail. It’s also more cranberry-forward and calorie-friendly. Our take features a homemade spiced cranberry juice that is so easy to make. It’s also so delicious that you might start making it in huge batches.

Before we talk more about our Spiced Holiday version, let’s spend a moment with the origins of the Cosmopolitan. Like many classic drinks, there is often debate as to who made it first. According to, credit goes to Cheryl Cook of Miami. However, it was Toby Cecchini of New York and the popular show Sex in the City that popularized the pink-hued martini.

The original Cosmopolitan is, of course, made with vodka, which was incredibly popular in the 80s and 90s. Along with an orange liqueur like Cointreau, it featured vodka, lime juice and a splash of cranberry juice for color. The Nankai Spiced Holiday Cosmopolitan elevates this with homemade cranberry juice infused with holiday spices like cinnamon, cloves, ginger and orange peel. Warming and complex, it’s the perfect cocktail for winter holiday meals (and likely year-round once you start making it).

If you prefer to stick to the original rather than our Spiced Holiday Cosmopolitan, try this: Simply reduce the amount of cranberry juice by 1 oz and increase the orange liqueur by 0.5 oz. However, we have a good feeling that you might opt for our version once you taste how well our crisp Nankai Shochu carries the spiced cranberry juice.

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