Cocktail Hour: Pomegranate Mocktail

A Feteful Life: Pomegranate Mocktail

A few weeks ago, I finally figured out how to easily remove the seeds from a pomegranate (for our Winter Brunch salad) and my whole family’s been totally obsessed since then. We’ve been putting them in every salad, the kids’ yogurt for breakfast, and all by themselves as a bright little snack. I’ve been on the hunt for new pomegranate recipes and found this great-sounding mocktail. It turned out such a pretty ombre drink and tastes delish. Another pomegranate success.

Pomegranate Mocktail (slightly adapted from Self)

1 tbsp pomegranate seeds
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce pomegranate juice (I used a cranberry/pomegranate blend)
sparkling water
lime slice

In a shaker, muddle pomegranate seeds and lime juice. Add pomegranate juice and ice. Pour into a tall glass and fill remainder of glass with sparkling water. Garnish with lime. 

Cocktail Hour: Rosemary Margarita

A Feteful Life: Rosemary Margarita

There’s no doubt that I love me a nice, cozy winter cocktail. But I’m ready to start to give winter the slip. I was looking for a bright drink that’d help shake off some of that slumbery feeling hanging around. This rosemary margarita did the trick, for sure. It’s on the sour side (the recipe I was following was waaaay too sour originally), but still has a nice seasonal touch with the herbs. If you’re looking for something different, I’d definitely give this a try.

Rosemary Margarita (adapted from This Girl Walks Into A Bar)

Ingredients (Rosemary Simple Syrup)
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 tablespoon chopped, fresh rosemary
Ingredients (Margarita)
1 1/2 ounces tequila
1 – 2 ounces rosemary simple syrup
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
light beer or sparkling water, to taste
rosemary sprig, for garnish

Rosemary Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients and cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until all sugar has dissolved. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for three minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and allow to cool 5 – 10 minutes. Strain out rosemary and store in an air tight container.
Margarita: Add tequila through lemon juice to a shaker and shake well. Pour into a glass filled with ice. Sip. Too sour? Try adding a splash of light beer or sparkling water to dilute slightly. Just sour enough? Garnish with rosemary and proceed with drinking.

Cocktail Hour: The Bourbon Bomber

A Feteful Life: The Bourbon Bomber

My husband is a big fan of bourbon. He normally drinks it just on the rocks, but I took advantage of some holiday downtime {read opportunity for day drinking with childcare covered} to make a round of these winter-perfect Bourbon Bombers. And another round. And then maybe another. They are full of spice and everyone loved them. You might want to get a triple-sized cocktail shaker ahead of time. You’ll  need it.

The Bourbon Bomber (from the Life Styled)

3/4 cup apple cider
1/4 – 1/2 cup bourbon
1 1/2 tsp agave nectar
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground
drop of bitters
pinch of grated ginger
rosemary sprig, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, add a few ice cubes, bourbon, apple cider, agave nectar, allspice, lemon zest, nutmeg and a pinch of grated ginger. Shake well. Strain the drink into a glass filled with ice. Top with a drop of bitters and a rosemary sprig for garnish.
I used 1/4 cup of bourbon in the first batch, which everyone proclaimed to be over-spiced and under-boozed. They like ’em strong, so I went up to 1/2 cup of bourbon per batch thereafter. It cut the spice, but, be careful, they go down super easy and 1/2 cup of bourbon is not for everyone.

Cocktail Hour: Maple Lemon Smash

A Feteful Life: Maple Lemon Smash

Heading into the afternoon of a recent second snow day in a row right on the heels of a weekend {meaning, my kids had been home all day long, 4 days in a row}, I decided it was high time to declare an early snow-emergency cocktail hour and make myself a winter drink. Something sweet and warming, but bright at the same time. I heart Sweet Paul — he gets it right every. damn. time. Ladies and gentlemen, I present, the Maple Lemon Smash.

 Maple Lemon Smash (from Sweet Paul Magazine)

2 lemon wedges
2 ounces vodka
1 ounce unsweetened apple juice
1/4 ounce maple syrup
lemon peel twist

muddle lemon wedges in shaker
add vodka, apple juice, maple syrup and ice; shake well
pour into a martini glass and garnish with a lemon peel twist