In honor of Christmas party season, let's mix up not one but two drinks. Both are easy enough to throw together, so you can serve them to your party guests without spending your whole night at the bar. And both are made a bit more seasonal with the addition of pomegranate syrup. First up is a pomegranate champagne cocktail. A little tart, a teensy bit sweet, and a lot of sparkle. Done and done. Next is the pomegranate old fashioned. You know I love an old fashioned, and this is an impressive, classic-as-hell cocktail that happens to be the easiest thing in the world to make.
The seeds from one pomegranate
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Combine ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves. Use a wooden spoon to crush some of the seeds so they release their juice. Once boiling, turn hear down to medium low and simmer for about 10 minutes. Strain and pour liquid into a jar. Once the syrup is at room temperature it's ready to use.
POMEGRANATE CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL
1 or 2 tsp pomegranate syrup, to taste
Dry sparkling wine (I recommend Cava here and for any cocktail that uses sparkling wine. It tends to be the best quality for price ratio out there.)
Add syrup and bitters to a champagne flute or coupe. Top with bubbly.
POMEGRANATE OLD FASHIONED
1 tsp pomegranate syrup
A couple dashes bitters
2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey
Splash club soda
Lemon or orange peel for garnish, optional
Combine syrup, bitters, and whiskey in a mixing glass and stir. Pour into an old fashioned glass with ice. Top with a splash of soda and garnish.
Go on and be merry!