Minty Pomegranate Spritzer

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My favorite part about the holidays: Getting together with friends and having an excuse to indulge just a little too much. We can all resolve to be better in January… until then, let’s have that extra cookie or three, and by all means pop that prosecco!

This is one of my favorite cocktails to make at home. I make a quick simple syrup and let it steep with handfuls of fresh mint….combine it with vodka, pomegranate juice, prosecco, and then finish it off with a squeeze of lemon. It’s not too sweet, and it’s just a little tart – exactly the way I like my cocktails. Of course, you can mess with the ratios and make it as sweet as you like… and if you aren’t into puckery drinks like I am, sub out the lemon for a squeeze of orange.

Cheers!

minty pomegranate spritzer

 
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Serves: 2 cocktails, scale as needed
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Stoli Premium Vodka
  • 2 tablespoons minty simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • scoop of crushed ice
  • ¼ cup prosecco
  • squeeze of lemon (orange would be good too)
minty simple syrup: (makes enough for more than 2 cocktails)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • handful of mint
Instructions
  1. Make the minty simple syrup. Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan. Simmer just until the sugar disolves, whisking occasionally. (just a minute or two). Remove from heat, stir in the mint. Chill until ready to serve, letting the mint continue to steep in the syrup for at least 30 minutes. Strain out the mint before serving.
  2. Mix together the vodka, simple syrup, pomegranate juice and ice. Pour into glasses. Top with prosecco and a squeeze of lemon.
Notes
store extra simple syrup in the fridge for up to a week.

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  1. Lisa from theveganpact.com
    12.19.2013

    Seriously, so gorgeous!

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