This Kickoff Cosmo recipe post is sponsored.
My mom’s alcoholic drink of choice is a cosmopolitan. It’s pretty much her signature drink. Her name is Cathy, but all my friends started affectionately calling her by the nickname Pete gave her: Cathy Cosmo.
So when we had a football-themed party at her house over the weekend, my dad had to make her favorite. It was a huge hit.
We made it in a football-shaped container … because this was a football-themed party after all. But, if you don’t have one of those, it’s okay. You can make this in a traditional pitcher or drink cooler if you want to follow our recipe and make a batch.
You can also make this and serve it by the cupful. That recipe is below as well.
Kickoff Cosmo Recipe
This recipe does contain alcohol and is intended for people who are 21 and over. Continuing to read confirms that you are of legal drinking age.
Kickoff Cosmo Ingredients:
How To Make A Kickoff Cosmo:
Measure four cups of cranberry juice. Pour them into your drink holder.
We used this football drink dispenser because it was so festive — and could hold enough cosmo for all our party guests.
Pour in three cups of vodka.
Add in two cups of triple sec.
Finish it with half a cup of lime juice.
If you want to be even more festive, set up football plastic cups next to the container. Keep a permanent ink marker close so your guests can write their names on the cups and use them all party long.
You can reduce this if you’re not making a ton for a party. If you use a jigger, for example, just keep the ratio the same. Mix four parts cranberry juice with three parts vodka, two parts triple sec, and half part lime juice.
Kickoff Cosmo: Frequently Asked Questions
One of the four ingredients in this Kickoff Cosmo recipe is triple sec. If you’re unfamiliar, triple sec is an orange-flavored liqueur.
Triple sec is alcoholic, generally containing 15% to 40% alcohol by volume.
Don’t put ice in your pitcher of cosmos. It will water it down. Instead, fill an ice bucket and keep it next to your cups.
Putting ice in a drink after pouring it will keep it cool without watering it down.
If you want, you could use whiskey stones to keep your drink cool without adding any extra water.
Good news. You can freeze leftover cosmopolitans. Now, the purest of drinkers may vote against this, but we do it and have never had any qualms about it.
Just pour any leftover cosmopolitans into a freezer-safe container. Be sure to add a label with the name of the drink and the date you put it in the freezer. Then, simply, put it in the freezer.
When you’re ready to drink it, we suggest leaving it at room temperature for a half hour before pouring.
For a little bit of the science behind putting alcohol in the freezer, and why vodka won’t freeze in the freezer, check out this post.
What should you serve with a Kickoff Cosmo?
This Kickoff Cosmo works best at a football party (I mean, you can serve a cosmopolitan anytime, but our specific version — served in a football-shaped container — is geared toward football Sundays).
Our favorite recipes to go with this football-themed Kickoff Cosmo are:
Throwing A Football Party:
We throw football-themed parties all the time. Every Sunday, our friends and family come over to watch the games in our garage-turned-home theater. And every year, we throw a party for the big game. So we know a little bit about football parties.
If you’re planning a football party to root on your favorite team this season with our Kickoff Cosmo drink recipe, be sure to check out our Tips For Throwing A Football Party for other football ideas.
And, don’t forget to set the theme with crafts and decorations too. Check out our 10+ Football Crafts For Game Day.
- 4 cups cranberry juice
- 3 cups vodka
- 2 cups triple sec
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- Measure four cups of cranberry juice.
- Pour in three cups of vodka.
- Add in two cups of triple sec.
- Finish it with half a cup of lime juice.
Amount Per Serving Calories 387Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 9mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 0gSugar 26gProtein 0g
Have you made this Kickoff Cosmo recipe for your tailgates or homegates? Let us know in the comments.