It seems like only yesterday when autumn was in full swing and we were sipping on our tastebud-tingling apple-tastic beverages… however, we must bid farewell to November and trade fall for fa-la-la, as the jolliest of seasons is upon us: winter! As the temperature rapidly decreases, there is no better time for us to craft a classy cocktail that makes the merriment in any room increase, and I have just the recipe to share: the Poinsettia.
As enigmatic as it is aesthetically pleasing, the pomegranate is Nature’s piñata: while the burgundy peel is as inedible as cardboard, the waxy inside is speckled with tiny tasty treats as sweet as can be! Packing a juicy and nutritious punch, pomegranate seeds are a key example of good things coming in small packages, and when combined with a liquid as sparkling and sophisticated as champagne, you’ve got a dynamic crimson concoction perfect for banishing any wintertime blues!
Now, as this recipe is fairly straightforward, you could spruce up your cocktail with additional decor: if you enjoy a citrus zing, add a half ounce of Cointreau and garnish with a twist of orange rind; if your sweet tooth isn’t satisfied, add a half ounce of triple sec to kickstart your eventual sugar coma; and if you want pomegranate flavor with a higher percentage (wink, wink), instead of adding juice, add Pama Liqueur for a more delightfully pungent Poinsettia!
So, this month, be of good cheer and spread the holiday spirit with a spirituous drink in honor of the most wonderful time of the year!
The Poinsettia: Pomegranate Champagne and Fresh Mint
A sprinkle of pomegranate seeds
Two ounces of pomegranate juice
Three ounces of champagne
A spring of mint (optional, but encouraged)
In preparation, freeze the pomegranate seeds on a baking sheet or flat surface in the freezer the night before. Chill all your other ingredients in the refrigerator so that they are cool and ready for crafting!
When making the cocktail, begin with two ounces of pomegranate juice in a flute (or whatever glass you wish). Top with the glorious glitter that is champagne, and plunk in your desired amount of cold and crunchy pomegranate seeds! Slide your delicate sliver of mint on the rim.
Now you’re ready to sip, relax, and savor the sparkle!