Holiday Drink Recipes
So now that I’ve finally finished my cookie round-up, I thought I’d share some holiday drink ideas, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.
I love pomegranate seeds and especially their festive red coloring. This year I wanted to make at least one cocktail with pomegranates.
I recently was given some samples of Muerto Tequila, a company based in San Diego that won two gold medals at the Spirits of Mexico festival. I sampled both the Muerto Plata and the Muerto Reposado. My favorite was the Muerto Reposado. It’s a gold colored liquid that is supposed to have hints of vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, nutmeg, cinnamon, banana. After the initial burn of the tequila, I was surprised that it did have a sweet finish and I could taste the vanilla, cinnamon and caramel.
I thought it would pair perfectly with some sweet pomegranate juice, so I made a pomegranate martini, but with tequila instead of the traditional vodka. I really loved what the extra flavors in the tequila added to the pomegranate martini. I also added a splash of champagne on another occasion which also tasted good.
I also loved what happened when I put the drink on a green background. It reflected in the drink and made it look red and green. Though just red is pretty festive too. But it might be fun to use a green tablecloth if you’re serving these at a party.
Currently Muerto Tequila is only available in San Diego, though in January they will be expanding through most of California. You can find out more about them here as well as find out if they distribute to a store near you.
The recipe for this cocktail is at the end of this post. Here are some more holiday drink ideas:
2 oz tequila
pomegranate juice or pomegranate concentrate to taste (I didn't measure this out because people like different amounts of sweetness in their cocktails)
splash of champagne (optional)
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Serve chilled in martini glasses. Garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds if desired.
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