Cocktail: Elderflower & Pomegranate Spritzer

It's Valentine's Day week y'all! For me, it's another excuse to eat all the sweets, tell my friends how much they mean to me, mail a bunch of valentines, and cook an indulgent meal at home with G. 

This cocktail is a simple & sweet drink you can easily throw together at home for a pre-dinner treat or for brunch. I try a decent amount of cocktails at home and while I'm out and about, but I'm always drawn to elderflower + gin combinations. Add a few bubbles and count me in. Let's get shaking!

Happy V-day, my loves!

Elderflower & Pomegranate Spritzer

Makes 1 cocktail

3 oz pomegranate juice
2 oz floral gin, such as Hendrick's
1 oz elderflower liqueur
champagne 

This is a easy one. Fill a high ball glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker, shake pomegranate juice, elderflower liqueur and gin and stir over ice. Strain into glass. Top with champagne and pomegranate seeds. Cheers!

Cocktail: Bubbly Jack Rose

I'm spending the last couple of days of 2017 trying to balance relaxing and being productive. Having slow morning and getting brunch. Movies dates, playing video games and taking long baths. Cleaning around the house and getting the Christmas stuff put away. Working on recipes and blog posts. I'm hoping this is the creative refresh that I've been needing lately and I'm hoping to kick off 2018 with calmness and positive energy. The dream.

We also need to kick off the new year with a little bubbly because we just have to. Here's my take on a classic Jack Rose (which is Applejack, citrus juice, and grenadine) but we're switching in pomegranate juice for a winter twist and adding champagne for a little bit of bubbles. 

Bubbly Jack Rose

Makes one drink

1 oz Applejack
2 oz pomegranate juice
juice from a lime quarter
top with champagne
pomegranate seeds, lime wheel & lemon wheel (optional)

Add pomegranate juice, Applejack, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a coupe glass and top with champagne. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, lime wheel and lemon wheel.

Cocktail: Pomegranate Gin Slush

It's my birthday and you better believe I'm celebrating it from weekend to weekend. I know that a lot of people aren't fond of birthdays, and maybe I won't be when I'm 65 years old, but until then I'm going to love the hell out of my birthday. I make sure to take a vacation day from work, take the day to relax and think about my life and what I've created for myself, feel grateful, get together with friends, and definitely make sure I eat a good meal (or two).

So because we need to take a moment and celebrate, we're breaking out the blender for this cocktail. I know it's winter and cold and blah blah blah, but this drink is basically an adult slurpee and that's worth turning up the heat and enjoying a frozen drink.

I hope you all have a lovely week, because I'm incredibly grateful for those of you following along at home. I'm thankful that people come to this little part of the internet I've created and hopefully you enjoy it. Cheers! 

Pomegranate Gin Slush

Makes 2 drinks

2 cups ice
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/2 cup gin
1/2 lime
pomegranate seeds, optional
lime slices, optional

**If you have a smaller blender or are worried about too much liquid for your blender, half the recipe to make one drink at a time. 

In a blender, add ice, pomegranate juice, and gin. Using a fork, juice half a lime into blender and pulse until the drink is slushy. Pour into a pint glass and garnish with pomegranate seeds and a lime slice. Enjoy!