Pomegranate Sparkle

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Eat. Drink. Be merry! The ultimate recipe for a joyful holiday season. You didn’t think we could get through this season without any alcohol, did you?

I’ve shared plenty of good eats with you and we’re all having a merry ol’ time, right? So let’s finally check everything off our list and share a few cocktails together!
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Way back when I was a young buck, I bartended my way through college. From Orange County bars and private soirĂ©es to glitzy Hollywood clubs, I was right in the thick of it all. Bartending is definitely a fast-paced job but you’d be amazed to find out how much down time we actually had behind the glass bottles. When a bartender is bored, we make top secret experimental concoctions. Some are better off staying a secret but I’ve come across a few that are worth sharing.

Bring some sparkle to your holiday gathering by serving up this sweet and tart pomegranate cocktail. Full of tannins, pomegranate provides some wonderful health benefits though I’m quite sure adding a bit of alcohol negates this. But if it makes you feel better when you sip on a few of these, then yes, it does have added health bonuses *wink wink*.
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Ingredients (Recipe #1):

3 ounces vanilla vodka
1 1/2 ounces pomegranate liqueur
2 ounces Perrier (club soda works too but it’s the holidays, be fancy!)
Decorating sugar (I used India Tree from Whole Foods)
  1. Moisten the rim of two martini glasses with a lemon wedge. Lightly coat the rim with decorating sugar and set aside. Next, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and combine vanilla vodka and pomegranate liqueur. Shake vigorously and strain into the martini glasses. Top with the Perrier or club soda. Cheers!
Ingredients (Recipe #2):

2 ounces vodka
1 ounce Cointreau
1 1/2 ounces pomegranate liqueur
2 ounces Perrier (club soda works too but it’s the holidays, be fancy!)
Decorating sugar (I used India Tree from Whole Foods)
  1. Moisten the rim of two martini glasses with a lemon wedge. Lightly coat the rim with decorating sugar and set aside. Next, fill a cocktail shaker with ice and combine vodka, Cointreau and pomegranate liqueur. Shake vigorously and strain into the martini glasses. Top with the Perrier or club soda. Cheers!

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