05.17.12

FOOD / 23

i’d say it’s about time for a nice bubbly, tart, sweet punch, don’t you agree? i was grocery shopping the other day and oddly enough, found myself on the liquor aisle (what? that’s cray). i was instantly drawn to a beautiful cut crystal bottle of cranberry liquor, so of course i scooped it right up. i admit, i had no idea what to do with it, but if nothing else it would be a great addition to my bar cart.


then it hit me, well punched me (clever play on words). i’ll make a champagne punch. i was kind of civilized about it and fixed the cocktails one at a time, but please oh please don’t let me get in the way of you pouring an entire bottle of champagne into a beautiful glass vessel and embellishing it with other good stuff.

hey let’s party:
• 2 cups pomegranate seeds
• 2 cups water
• 1.5 cups honey
• 1 bottle of pink champagne
• 4 oz cranberry liquor
• 1 lime, cut into wedges

first things first:
• we’re gonna make pomegranate honey syrup (which would be a fantastic way to jazz up some bubbly water if we weren’t up for drinkin’, but we are so forget it)
• in a saucepan over medium high heat bring the water, pomegranate seeds and honey to a boil
• let boil for 2 minutes, then lower heat and simmer for about 5 – 8 minutes.  you want the syrup to thicken a bit
• while it is simmering, muddle the seeds (using a muddler, the back of a spoon, a small hammer . . . whatever you got)
• strain out seeds and pour the syrup into a glass jar or bottle and pop it in the fridge.  this can be made well in advance.

then:
• fill 4 glasses with ice
• squeeze a lime wedge into each glass
• fill glass 3/4 up with champagne
• add 1oz of cranberry liquor to each glass
• then add an ounce of the chilled syrup to each
*  stir, sip, enjoy, repeat. (that last part is important)

{ column + photos by jen gotch, design by designlovefest – want more recipes? go here! }

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  • 1. a lovely being  |  May 17th, 2012 at 11:09 am

    mmmm! storing this for my future housewarming party (whenever I get around to it :)

    x fallon

  • 2. amy  |  May 17th, 2012 at 11:27 am

    these look SO good! definitely making that syrup soon. and man i miss being able to buy my booze at the grocery…oh, california and it’s lax liquor laws.

  • 3. Alicia Murphy  |  May 17th, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Oh how I wish I was 21 so I could make these adorable drinks. I guess I can try a virgin version!

  • 4. Elizabeth  |  May 17th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Sounds delicious! I love fun cocktails.

    Cheers, Elizabeth

  • 5. Anuschka  |  May 17th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    looks super yummy! amazing photos as usual

  • 6. kelly  |  May 17th, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    i got to sample these yesterday and was real delicious!

  • 7. Jeanine  |  May 17th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I love that bottle! I buy way to many things for the great bottle shape or a cute label :)

  • 8. Christa @ a*typicaljourney  |  May 17th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    This looks super amazing. I’m gonna have to go find some cranberry liquor!

  • 9. Hayley  |  May 18th, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Holy cow, that looks amazing.

  • 10. Rachael B  |  May 18th, 2012 at 6:12 am

    You’re right. We totally are up for drinking! If only I wasn’t at work and it wasn’t 9am… hmmm…

    ps totally in <3 with pomegranate anything!

  • 11. Sarrah  |  May 18th, 2012 at 7:29 am

    That looks so delicious! I have to try it.

    xoxo
    http://glamd0lll.blogspot.com/

  • 12. PatriciaF | unfounddoor  |  May 21st, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Ha. This was funny. And yeah – nothing wrong with random booze aisle purchases; in fact I still always think of it as the mark of what a civilised adult I’ve become (har) to have a bar cart stocked with a selection of mysterious liqueurs that nobody really knows how to drink.

  • 13. Jesse  |  May 23rd, 2012 at 11:18 am

    What is the brand of liquor? I want that bottle! Googling “cranberry liquor” was fruitless!

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