Enjoy a Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail and Mocktail!

The holiday season may elicit thoughts of cranberry everything, but that isn’t the only reddish fruit out there. I also love pomegranate. (The pomegranate mimosa my local bar and grill used to make is still my favorite!) So why not try it as a holiday cocktail and mocktail? Sparkling water gives you the fancy and festive fizz of champagne. Serve in decorative holiday-themed glasses for even more seasonal cheer! Want to keep it non-alcoholic? All you have to do is leave out the vodka. Your whole family will enjoy it before or during dinner!

Yield: 2 drinks
Total Prep Time: 5 minutes


Ingredients for a Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail:

  • 4 oz. citrus-flavored vodka, chilled
  • 6 oz. 100% Pomegranate juice, chilled
  • 3 T. fresh lime juice
  • 4 oz. cold sparkling water
  • Optional garnish:
    • lime wedges
    • fresh pomegranate arils

How to Make a Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and add vodka, pomegranate, and lime juice.
  2. Shake to combine thoroughly.
  3. Strain liquid mixture evenly into two champagne glasses and top with sparkling water.
  4. Serve immediately.

Make it a Sparkling Pomegranate Mocktail

If your kids want to join in the fun, or you or a guest prefer to not imbibe, easily make this into a mocktail by leaving out the vodka. It’s just as tasty!

A Holiday Twist: The Cranberry Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule has been making a huge comeback over the past couple of years. Everyone is in love with that gingery deliciousness in a copper mug. So why not give it a twist this holiday season? Find out how to make a Moscow Mule with a colorful festive feel in the Cranberry Moscow Mule! 

Yield: 1 cocktail
Total Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cranberry Moscow Mule Ingredients

  • 3 oz. premium vodka
  • 1 oz. 100% cranberry juice
  • 1 T. fresh lime juice
  • 8 oz. ginger beer

Garnish for a Cranberry Moscow Mule

  • fresh rosemary sprigs, bottom leaves removed, approximately 2-3” long
  • fresh cranberries
  • fresh lime wedges

How to Make the Garnish:

Take your fresh rosemary sprigs and cut them into lengths of about 2″ to 3″. Be sure to remove the bottom leaves. With your sturdiest stems, carefully thread three fresh cranberries to the bottom. Set aside as you make the drink.

Cranberry Moscow Mule Recipe:

Fill your special copper mugs with ice. Next grab your cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Over that add your vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice and give it a good shake. Pour the mixture into your copper mugs and then top off with ginger beer. Give it a gentle stir to combine all of the ingredients.

Next top off the mugs with your cranberry rosemary sprigs and lime wedges, if you are so inclined. Serve immediately.

The only real blind person at Christmastime

 

“The only real blind person at Christmastime is he who has not Christmas in his heart.”

 

~ Helen Keller

 
 

Helen Keller has been one of my heroes since I was a young girl. For someone who started her young life barely able to communicate with anything beyond touch, she was one of the truly wisest people about human nature that I ever encountered. I know when you are lacking in at least one sense, the other ones take over. But her perception of people and intelligence about them far surpassed most people I know today. This is just another one of those gems.

One of the most glorious messes in the world…

 

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.”

 

~Andy Rooney

 
 

As soon as I saw this, I was transported back in time to my childhood. We always had to do a massive clean-up before Christmas Eve. My father would meticulously set up the presents under the tree. We weren’t allowed to touch them in the morning outside of peeking at tags along the edge. But then we would dive in to our unwrapping and rotation and the stuff would go everywhere. At some point, of course we had to clean it up, but it was more fun to let it all set for a while. As we got older, that mess became less and less until it became a distant memory with a bit of nostalgia. You can’t get that back. So grit your teeth and enjoy the mess while it lasts. You’ll miss it when it’s gone.

My idea of Christmas…

 

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.”

 

~Bob Hope

 
 

I love Bob Hope. I grew up watching him on TV and in movies as a family favorite. My parents really admired him and passed that admiration on to me and my sister. And I just love this quotation from him. The true meaning of Christmas is all about love. That’s something that hasn’t changed over time and never should change.