Fabulous Festive Friday Cosmo Cocktail

This could become one of my new favorites , it requires a little work , but well worth it!!!

Not only is this drink tasty, low in calories but it has a little hint of health mixed in…what more could I ask for.

Nutritional info at the bottom,  a first for me an alcoholic drink with Nutritional info attached 🙂

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Make the base for these pomegranate cosmopolitans ahead of time and shake individual cocktails “to order.” Or for individual drinks, combine 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) each pomegranate juice and vodka, 4 teaspoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon Cointreau, 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger juice and 1/2 teaspoon sugar.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 1/4 cups pomegranate juice
  • 2 1/4 cups vodka
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 3/4 cup Cointreau, or Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 cup ginger juice, (see Note)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, preferably superfine “bar sugar,” plus more for the rims
  • Strips of lime zest, for garnish

PREPARATION

  1. Mix pomegranate juice, vodka, lime juice, Cointreau (or Grand Marnier), ginger juice and sugar in a large pitcher.
  2. For each drink, fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, add 1/2 cup Cosmo mix, and shake until the shaker turns frosty and cold. Dip the rim of a martini (or highball) glass into water and then in sugar (to “sugar the rim”). Strain the drink into the martini glass (or over fresh ice in the highball glass). Garnish with a twist of lime zest, if desired.

TIPS & NOTES

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 1 and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • Note: We use bottled ginger juice (pressed ginger root) to add the taste of fresh ginger without the work of mincing or grating. Use it to flavor drinks, stir-fries, marinades or anywhere you’d use fresh ginger. Find it in specialty stores or online at gingerpeople.com.

NUTRITION

Per serving: 188 calories; 0 g fat ( 0 g sat , 0 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 17 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 4 mg sodium; 107 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

http://www.eatingwell.com

 

Fun Friday Farwell to Summer Cocktail – Pomegranate Margarita

I have come to the conclusion that Summer is officially over!  With expected snow over the weekend, the start of  Grey Cup, the 1st Annual Santa Claus Parade in Port Carling  my hometown and today of course, Black Friday , I have no choice but to bid you adieux summer.

 I will say my farewells donning flip-flops glass in hand, on my deserted deck, void of patio furniture, plants and our pond .

As I welcome winter and bid farewell to summer I will be doing so with this sensational Margarita in hand.  Which I might add you make by the pitcher full!!  Bonus 🙂

Pomegranate Margarita

Ingredients

1 can(s) (12-ounce) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed

  • 2 cup(s) water
  • 3 1/2 cup(s) gold tequila
  • 2 cup(s) pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup(s) triple sec
  • 5 limes
  • Ice cubes for serving
  • 1 cup(s) fresh pomegranate seeds (from 1 pomegranate)

Directions

  • In a large pitcher, combine limeade and water until well blended. Stir in tequila, pomegranate juice, and triple sec.
  • Cut each lime crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick wheels; cut a slit in each wheel, from center to edge. To serve, place ice cubes and a few pomegranate seeds in each glass; place a lime wheel on rim.

Virgin Pomegranate Margaritas: Substitute 2 cups lemon-lime seltzer for tequila and triple sec. Substitute pomegranate-cranberry juice for pomegranate juice. Proceed as above.

Tip

Intense lime flavor comes from a budget-friendly can of concentrate. Mix and refrigerate the margaritas up to a day ahead.