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Fall isn't just about apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes. Cranberries are another quintessential seasonal ingredient that mixologists are currently celebrating with refreshing, fruity cocktails. This unique take on the Cosmopolitan, courtesy of South Water Kitchen, a cozy American bistro in downtown Chicago, incorporates fresh berries (as opposed to the sugary cranberry concentrate that's traditionally used). It also includes sage, which lends the drink a distinct herbal quality. Fun fact: This creation, called the "No Need to Argue," is named after an album by '90s alt-rock band The Cranberries. "Most Cosmos are overly sweet—I wanted to create one that tastes clean and refreshingly citrusy," bartender—and music lover—Eric McMillan-Yates tells InStyle. "The bitters bind the cocktail and add a final dose of complexity to balance out the flavors." Read on for the recipe.

No Need To Argue


1 oz Belvedere Vodka ($37; citywinecellar.com)
1/2 oz Cocchi Americano ($15; winewisegreenwich.com)
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz Cranberry-Sage-Honey syrup (made by melting a handful of fresh cranberries, 2 tbsps honey, and a pinch of sage in a saucepan)
2 dashes Peychaud's Bitters ($10; amazon.com)
1 dash Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters ($13; amazon.com)


Combine all ingredients into a shaker; shake and serve in a coupe.