Very Berry Cosmo

Van Gogh Vodka's Very Berry Cosmo Cocktail
Acai-blueberry vodka and Chambord are mixed into this beautiful Very Berry Cosmo. MASAYASU IKEDA / amana images / Getty Images
  • Total: 6 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 3 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

The very berry cosmo is a wonderful way to enjoy Van Gogh Açai-Blueberry Vodka. It's a pleasant blueberry vodka and the addition of açai berries gives it a unique and intriguing flavor, which is displayed perfectly in this martini.

In comparison to this cocktail, the original cosmopolitan is rather bland (although it's still a nice drink). Mixing the vodka's berries with Chambord's black raspberries creates an impressive "very berry" cocktail. It has the perfect amount of fruit sweetness that makes it very approachable and appealing to a variety of tastes.

The cocktail is a beautiful dark purple that is ideal when you want a drink with a dark and mysterious feel for occasions like Halloween. It is also a nice complement to bright, happy occasions like the winter holidays.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces blueberry vodka (Van Gogh Açai-Blueberry Vodka)
  • 1/2 ounce Chambord
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 1/2 ounce cranberry juice
  • Garnish: fresh blueberries

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour all of the ingredients.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  5. Garnish with a few fresh blueberries.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • Premium ingredients are going to make a better-tasting cocktail, particularly in this mix. The recommended vodka and raspberry liqueur are high-end, so be sure to choose a triple sec of comparable quality. Cointreau and Combier are two excellent options.
  • Chambord is the best-known brand of black raspberry liqueur, though there are other options available, including a very nice one made by Bols. You can even use a red raspberry liqueur without changing the flavor profile much.

Recipe Variations

  • You certainly can mix this cocktail up with a straight blueberry vodka—even making your own infusion—rather than Van Gogh's blend. The flavor will be slightly less dynamic, but still enjoyable.
  • Another option is to use a clear vodka. The Chambord alone gives the cosmo a nice twist. If you want to bring the blueberry flavor back into the drink, muddle some fresh blueberries in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. Frozen blueberries would work, too, but should be thawed first.
  • Though cranberry is the juice of choice for a cosmo, feel free to pour another red fruit juice if you like. Pomegranate would be fantastic.
  • You can also switch to white cranberry juice (it's actually light brown in color). It's not quite as sweet as the red variety and is a really nice substitute.

How Strong Is a Very Berry Cosmo?

The very berry cosmo falls right in line with other vodka martinis when it comes to its strength. When made with the suggested brands, it weighs in around 23 percent ABV (46 proof). It's not a light drink, so do be careful because the sweet fruits can trick you into drinking one too many.

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