This week — the span of time when one has barely recovered from Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas hysteria has not fully begun — I've decided to dine in a manner that's as pared-down as possible. After all the roulades and triple chocolate pumpkin pies, there's something nice about a dinner of roast chicken and butternut squash.

The same goes for cocktails. I've been sipping a drink, the white Cosmopolitan, that possesses an elegant simplicity that most beverages don't have. It tastes nearly identical to the popular favorite, except it gets its gin-clear appearance from white cranberry juice, which is made from berries that are harvested before they turn red.

The result is a libation that's mysterious yet familiar, and glamorous while also practical. Learn how to make it when you read more.

White Cosmopolitan

White Cosmopolitan

Easy Recipe For White Cosmo Cocktail 2009-11-30 11:21:14

Ingredients

1 cup white-cranberry juice
4 ounces vodka
2 ounces Cointreau

Directions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add cranberry juice, vodka, and Cointreau. Shake to combine well. Strain into two large martini glasses. Serve immediately.

Serves 2.