Do you ever have that perfect storm when you have random ingredients that you don’t normally have and it suddenly hits you that you can make something fabulous by combining them? Last Sunday afternoon we sitting around taking it easy and enjoying the nice spring weather. Joseph suggested a drink on the porch, thinking of the bottle of Gremona Gessami Bianco we had picked up the day before. But I was thinking of the pineapple juice we had.
When I was a kid, I loved pineapple orange banana juice, but almost never got to have it. I had forgotten all about that, but was reminded when I was looking for pineapple juice at the store to use for our Easter ham in pineapple mustard sauce. There was pineapple peach mango juice and pineapple orange banana, and oh man, I wanted to try them. But our fridge was already bursting, so we just got what we had come for. All this came back to me when Joseph suggested the drink on the porch.
Joseph and I drove from Boston to DC for the holidays and decided it would be fun to bring our cat, Snoopy, with us. After 3 hours of yowling, she finally settled down and slept for the rest of the trip. Still, it was a long trip and we were thrilled when we finally pulled up to my parents’ place. Things improved even more when we got inside to find these cocktails and some awesome brie and apple compote toasts waiting for us, courtesy of my sister and brother-in-law.
The pomegranate-rosemary royale is made with a simple syrup infused with rosemary, giving it just a subtle herbal flavor while the pomegranate juice and Champagne make it both sweet and tart. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and it’s pretty as can be. It’s just perfect for ringing in the New Year!
Happy New Year everyone! I hope your year is filled with happiness and good food and drink!
This fantabulous margarita recipe comes from my brother-in-law, Adam. Since it uses a frozen mix it’s ridiculously easy. I occasionally feel like I need to look up a recipe to make the whole thing from scratch, but why bother when this one’s so good and so easy? Continue reading