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Ginger Cosmopolitan

  • 1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 4 (2-1/2-inch) strips orange peel, for garnish (optional)
  • 4 fresh cranberries, for garnish (optional)
  • 4 cocktail picks
  • 1 wedge lime, for moistening rims of glasses
  • Gold or green sanding sugar, for garnishing rims of martini glasses
  • 2 cups  cracked ice
  • 12 ounces premium vodka
  • 4 ounces orange-flavored liqueur (e.g., Triple Sec or Cointreau®)
  • 6 ounces cranberry juice
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (juice of 2 lime

Place grated ginger in a square of moistened cheesecloth folded double; squeeze the juice into a small bowl and discard the pulp; set aside until needed. Weave a strip of orange peel and a fresh cranberry onto each cocktail pick. Moisten the rim of each chilled glass with a wedge of lime, then gently press into the sanding sugar.

Fill a metal cocktail shaker with cracked ice; place the top on the shaker and shake for about 10 to 15 seconds. Add vodka, orange-flavored liqueur, cranberry juice, ginger juice, and lime juice and shake for another 15 seconds. Strain the liquid into the prepared glasses and serve immediately.

Makes 4 cocktails.