Try this refreshing holiday beverage and get your antioxidants, too! From Just Married and Cooking: 200 Recipes for Living, Eating, and Entertaining Together by Brooke Parkhurst and James Briscione.
Fresh pomegranate juice is the key here. Yes, it’s a messy job, but, trust us, it’s well worth the trouble. (Just don’t wear your good T-shirt while doing it.) Over a finemesh strainer, cut the pomegranate in half and squeeze it just as you would an orange.
Crush the stray seeds that land in the strainer with the back of a spoon. You should get a little over 1 cup juice per fruit.
Serves a lot or a little, depending on the crowd
2 cups pomegranate juice
1 cup club soda
4 limes, juiced
24 ounces vodka
1 cup pomegranate seeds, frozen
lime wedges for garnish
In a large chilled pitcher, stir together the pomegranate juice, soda, lime juice, and vodka with a bit of ice.
Keep chilled until ready to serve. Place a few frozen pomegranate seeds in each glass along with 1 large ice cube. Pour in the mixed cocktail and garnish with a lime wedge.
Call in the Subs
If substituting bottled pomegranate juice (it’s not the end of the world), go for the good stuff found in the grocery store’s refrigerated section. The bottle on the juice aisle sitting out at room temperature is cheaper but not nearly as flavorful.