TGIP!

Celebrate the end of the week – responsibly, of course – with a cocktail that might actually be good for you. Thank God It’s Pomegranate!  This cocktail combines the healthy benefits of pomegranate with simple syrup and a hint of basil, creating a flavorful and slightly sweet drink. Plus, you can make it with or without alcohol.

Pomegranate-Basil Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1 c fresh basil, cut into fine ribbons
  • 2 c pomegranate juice
  • 2 T lime juice
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Vodka or soda water

Instructions

  1. Make simple syrup. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan, bring to boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat, add basil and simmer 5 minutes more. Remove from heat. When liquid is cool, strain the mixture, reserving the simple syrup.
  2. Make mixer. Mix together pomegranate juice, lime juice and simple syrup in a pitcher.
  3. Make cocktail. Put 1 T of pomegranate seeds in the bottom of a martini glass. Combine 4 oz mixer with 2 oz vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, then strain drink into glass. Float a basil leaf on top.
  4. For a nonalcoholic version. Fill a highball glass with ice and pour 1 T of pomegranate seeds on top. Fill the glass 2/3 full with mixer and top with soda water. Garnish with a sprig of basil.

The pomegranate seeds provides a crunchy surprise at the end of the drink and  seem to absorb some of the vodka – if you choose to add it.  But whichever version you make for happy hour,  you and your friends are sure to enjoy it.  Cheers!

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