Cheers to the Holidays!

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I love love LOVE a signature cocktail!  It sets the mood for the evening, whether it’s a girls get together, a family gathering or just a dinner party with friends.

I don’t know about you but I have been pinning away ideas for ages and was a bit stumped as to what I wanted to do this year for our Christmas cocktail.  In the past, we have shaken up martinis. Who doesn’t love a good martini? 🙂  But this year, I decided to sample 3 recipes that I have been holding on to for a special occasion.  And what better way to sample a few drinks but with friends?! 🙂

***The first cocktail we tried is the Holiday Bohemian:

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HOLIDAY BOHEMIAN

  • 1 part Gin
  • 1 part St. Germain (I love any drink with this in it! Heaven!)
  • 3/4 part grapefruit juice
  • 1 dash of bitters per serving

Pour into cocktail shaker filled half way with crushed ice.  Shake, pour and serve.

This one was delish!  Earthy, light, smooth, and the best part, it was sooo sooo easy to whip together.  Definitely a possible winner.

*** Our second cocktail was the Pomegranate Mojito:

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POMEGRANATE MOJITO

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 cup of white rum
  • 2 limes halved
  • A bunch of mint
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar (or regular sugar if you don’t have coconut sugar)
  • pom juice
  • Sparkling water
  • pomegranate seeds for garnish
  • sliced limes for garnish

Heat sugar and water over low heat till sugar is dissolved.  Add 1c pomegranate seeds and let sit overnight.

To mix your drinks, fill 4 glasses half full with crushed ice.  With the end of a wooden spoon, muddle the following in the bottom of a small pitcher: juice from the 2 limes and throw the skin into the pitcher (I like to cut these down into wedges), 12-20 mint leaves torn into pieces, 2 T brown sugar, 2 T coconut sugar.  Add 1 cup of white rum and 4T the reserved simple syrup.  Distribute amongst the 4 glasses.  Add a splash of pom juice and a splash of sparkling water. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds, a wedge of lime and a sprig of mint into the glass for garnish.  Serve!

What do you think we thought?  From the very first sip, everyone was moaning!  This one was a huge hit!!!!  And in my eyes was a leading contender based on the beautiful festive colors: the red of the pomegranate, the green of the lime and mint.  So pretty.

***And the final drink of the evening was the Bubbly Slushy:

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BUBBLY SLUSHY

  • 1 bottle of prosecco (La Marca is a go-to, but any will do)
  • 3/4 teaspoon edible dried lavender (I found some at World Market)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (I buy mine in the Whole Foods bulk section)

Fill an ice cube tray 3/4 full with prosecco.  Sprinkle lavender amongst cubes.  Sprinkle the coconut sugar on top (mixture will foam a little).  If room, top with more prosecco and freeze.  *I had to repeat this two times but if you have 2 ice cube trays, you should be good! Reserve remaining prosecco for serving.  After 2+ hours, remove cubes to a bowl, mash with a fork, scoop amongst desired glasses, top with a splash of fresh prosecco and serve with a petite spoon.

This cocktail had mixed reviews.  One girlfriend who LOVES champagne thought this was the winner!  But others weren’t so sure.  I personally didn’t like chewing on the little lavender buds.  I think liquid lavender would work better to give the light floral taste without the grittiness of the dried flower.  Otherwise the slushy part was super playful and childlike with an adult palette.  I could see this being a great drink for a baby shower or bridal shower, with a fresh pansy as a garnish.  Wouldn’t that be lovely?

And the winner for the 2017 Manos/Monroe Christmas Day Cocktail IIIISSSSS……  Drum-roll please….

The Pomegranate Mojito!!!!!  For the color, the flavor, and liquor (even my father-in-law will drink rum) this will be a hit with all of our party people!  Speaking of which, I can easily make it a “mock-pom-mojito” for the nondrinkers!  Just omit the rum and done!

Cheers to you and your family this season!

xo, Melissa

————————————————————————————————————————————-Tip of the day: how to get the pomegranate seeds out of the skin:

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You’ll need a bowl, a pomegranate, a wooden spoon and a towel.

  1. Cut the pomegranate in half. (Doesn’t it look like a murder scene??!!! eeks!)pom2
  2. With the pomegranate insides facing down into the bowl, take the wooden spoon and over the bowl, wack the back of the pomegranate, directly on the skin.  Wack. Wack. Wack!  Seeds will start to fall into the bowl.  Repeat till you have all the seeds you want.pom1img_2890.jpg

Happy pomegranate-ing!

xo, Melissa

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