Monday, December 22, 2014

Recipe: Rosemary Pomegranate Syrup // Champagne Cocktail

'Juice sacs.' Just what I wanted to see when I googled 'pomegranate' right before bed last night.

....and visions of juice sacs danced in their heads. 

Nooooo, Internet, no. Can we all agree to never use those two words together again? Maybe just banish the second word from the English language entirely? (With the exception that I may bust it out on Christmas just to skeeve out my cousins... 'tis the season!)

For the purposes of not ruining this beautiful cocktail with our filthy minds (ok my filthy mind), let's stick to arils. Or seeds. Whatever you'd like to call those glimmering little gems one finds inside a pomegranate. And then stained onto your fingertips. And on the collar of your white shirt. And smeared on the rug, which someone likely tracked in from the kitchen. And holy, what how did pomegranate juice get on the dog? WHO WIPED THEIR HANDS ON THE DOG.

Aahhh so there's a reason Trader Joe's sells containers of pomegranate seeds. I now see the light.

Truth be told though, I'm so excited to get you drunk share this recipe with you that I don't care how many obscure places I find pomegranate stains over the next three days. 

Ain't she perty?? The crimson syrup with the deep green rosemary is like the closest thing to drinking Christmas. 

This is also a great cocktail to allow guests to help themselves to, and to show off your DIY skillz. Bottle with spout plus twine plus tag equals most Pinteresting person at the party. Arrange all of the ingredients with a little instructions card, and voila - you're free to set up camp at the cheese plate. Which is where you'll find me too, so cheers to THAT!

I wouldn't want to leave you hanging with just booze right before Christmas, so here are a few appetizer recipes in case you're still looking for ideas:

And for good measure, a Cranberry Lemon Cake that Santa actually requested I include because it explodes with Christmas spirit like Buddy the Elf wouldn't even believe. 

Wishing you warm company, great food, and minimal stomach issues this holiday season. Enjoy, friends!

Recipe: Rosemary Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients (for syrup; makes just over 2 cups)
1 cup 100% pomegranate juice (like POM Wonderful)
1 cup water 
1 cup sugar
3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary

Ingredients (for cocktail)
Chilled champagne or prosecco 
Pomegranate arils (or seeds, or juice sacs.. AHH I can't stop.)
Rosemary sprigs, trimmed into small pieces 

Instructions (to make syrup)
Add pomegranate juice, water and sugar to a saucepan. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Cook for three minutes, uncovered, until all of the sugar is dissolved in the liquid. 

Remove from heat. Submerge rosemary sprigs in the liquid. Cover with a lid, and allow the rosemary to steep for 10 to 20 minutes.

Remove the rosemary sprigs, and allow the syrup to cool completely before using in cocktails. (You can speed this up by putting it in the fridge or freezer.)

Can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge.

Instructions (to make cocktail)
Pour about 2 tablespoons of the rosemary pomegranate syrup into a champagne flute. (3 tablespoons for a sweeter drink.) Fill the rest of the way with chilled champagne. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and a small sprig of rosemary. 

(Could also do the same with sparkling water instead of champagne for homemade soda!)

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