Friday, December 13, 2013

Pomegranate Mojito

The Headlines:

December is party time!

Make this drink for your next gathering.

It is major yum!  

And so pretty too!

If you read my last post, you know it was a total 180 from my normal ones.  But I felt as if the subject was more than appropriate to talk about this time of year.  I hope you did too.  But today - back to business.  The business of making a FABULOUS holiday cocktail!

I believe the difference of throwing a good holiday party and a GREAT holiday party is serving up a special and very yummy holiday-appropriate cocktail.  When you have a party, you don't have to have a full bar - really unnecessary actually - you want people to go home at one point!  But one special drink makes it just that - more special!  Just choose the drink carefully.  Two criteria here: one, color.  It really should be red and green or at least all red.  Hello - it's Christmas!  Do NOT serve a cantaloupe martini.  Even though it's amazing and the recipe is on this blog.  Orange doesn't work for this occasion.  Two, quality.  It has to be good.  All the ladies will inevitably try it first and they need to love it!

If you're now at a loss because your in home bartender/husband is only proficient at margaritas - fear not.  You will be making this.

Pomegranate Mojito

Here's what you need for 1 drink:

  • 2 oz pomegranate vodka (we used Stoli)
  • 1 1/2 oz club soda
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime
  • splash of pomegranate juice

Basically, you muddle the mint leaves and lime.  Hint: doing it in the shaker makes it even easier...

then just add the vodka, agave nectar and pomegranate juice.  Put the cap on and shake.  Then pour in the club soda and stir.  Do NOT shake with the club soda inside or it will explode!  Not that we've had that happen to us before... ah-hem (we soooo have)!  Once you put the drink in your glass of choice (we used martini but a tall/highball mojito type glass would work great too)... add a couple cubes of ice, then some mint on top --- so so pretty!  And tres Christmas-ey!

Now, if you're doing this for a group of people, just do the above ten-fold (or however many servings) but stop before the club soda.  Put the mixture in a pitcher and then add club soda and the mint topper before serving.  Usually, people will only have one cocktail so you won't have to play bartender all night!

I always say - and I stand behind it - the key to a good cocktail - hands down - is fresh ingredients.  So while there's not a lot of obvious "fresh-ness" in this drink - the mint and lime do the trick.  Major yum awaits!  Just one more picture of this beauty.

Mmmmmm... enjoy!

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