Persimmon Cosmopolitan

Persimmon Cosmopolitan

Persimmons are fruit trees that are native to China, but they’re now grown in many parts of the world. There are two main varieties of persimmons: non-astringent and astringent. The difference between the two types is the amount of tannins in the fruit. The heart-shaped Hachiya persimmons, perhaps the most common variety, are astringent. Before they ripen, they’re loaded with bitter tannins and are not palatable, but once they’re perfectly ripe and their flesh has completely softened they become quite sweet.

The more squat-shaped Fuyu persimmons, on the other hand, are non-astringent and have much less tannins than their widely grown cousins. They’re sweet even when still firm, although they’ll also turn mushy quite rapidly towards the end of the ripening process.

Both kinds of persimmons are absolutely luscious in this cocktail. If using Fuyu, their flesh can still be firm, but their color should be deep-tangerine. If using Hachiya, the fruits should be soft with a vibrant, orange-red skin.

The most exciting part is that these exotic fruits bring a festive and enchanting twist to the holidays, their abundant harvest coinciding with the busiest, most celebrated time of the year.

May this persimmon Cosmo bring good cheer to your holidays!

Fuyu persimmons


Persimmon Cosmopolitan

serves 2
active time: 20 min

For the persimmon purée

  1. 1 lb (455 g) very ripe Fuyu or Hachiya persimmons (3 medium) – peeled and cut in 1″ pieces
  2. 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

For the cocktails

  1. 4 oz (120 ml) vodka
  2. 3 oz (90 ml) persimmon purée
  3. 1 oz (30 ml) fresh lime juice
  4. 1 oz (30 ml) St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
  5. 2 dashes lemon bitters
  1. 2 lime wheels as garnish

  1. Step 1: Place the persimmon pieces and lime juice in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Scrape the sides of the bowl, then process the persimmons at high speed for about 1 minute, until liquidy and very smooth. You should have 1 1/2 cups or (12 oz) (355 ml) of purée, enough to make 8 cocktails. Transfer to a squeeze bottle.
  2. Cook’s note: The purée can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours.
  3. Step 2: Fill a shaker two thirds of the way with large ice cubes. Add the vodka, persimmon purée, lime juice, liqueur and bitters. Shake until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted and strain into martini glasses. Garnish each glass with a lime wheel and serve ice cold.

Persimmon Cosmopolitan

cocktail, cosmopolitan, persimmon

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13 Comments

  • Reply foodwanderings December 23, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Lovely Persimmon Cosmo, Viviane. I never make anything with persimmons just have them freshm but have some overripe ones here that would be perfect for this concoction! Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

  • Reply Evelyne December 24, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    This is one of my favorite fruits, it would be amazing in a cocktail. Happy Holidays to you too, enjoy family and food time!

  • Reply Lori Lynn December 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Hi Viviane!
    This is such a festive cocktail. I have a persimmon post waiting in the wings too. There seems to be a lot of confusion with this poor fruit…
    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year!
    LL

    • Reply Viviane January 2, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      A belated thank you dear Lori Lynn… Wishing you and yours a brilliant 2013!

  • Reply Anita at Hungry Couple December 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Oh, I love this! Now I have to go find persimmons. :)

  • Reply Rosie Begley December 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    These lovely, festive drinks are as vibrant and sparkly as you, dear Viviane!
    Wishing you and Marc a joyous, healthy, peaceful, safe, and prosperous New Year!
    Warmest regards and love,
    Rosie and John

    • Reply Viviane January 2, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Thank you so much dear Rosie! Wishing you and John a superb 2013… in all ways!

  • Reply Angie@Angie's Recipes December 31, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    What a lovely cosmo!
    Wishing you a happy and blessed new year, Viviane.

    • Reply Viviane January 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Right back at you dear Angie! May your 2013 be all that you wish it to be…

  • Reply Deb January 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I adore the idea of persimmons in a cosmopolitan! The tropical notes from the persimmon makes for an impressive cocktail!

  • Reply mjskit January 2, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    What a great drink to ring in the New Year! Because of my love of persimmon I might not be able to stop drinking this! Hope you had a great holiday! Happy New Year!

  • Reply Sylvia@bascooking January 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I never know how to make with persimmons. This is a clever and nice idea Thanks.

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