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Feeling Festive

The snow is falling, holiday parties line our calendar and our home is lit with a warm glow of light.  This weekend I pulled out decorations, created a few diy's and pondered what holiday cocktail I would contribute to the ocmXtonic party.  It wasn't long before lights were hung, berries and kraft paper were scattered about and a sampling of holiday drinks commenced.   

 

I love earthy tones and textures - they're both warm and inviting.  This Acacia wood server doubles as a charger and the gold cutlery has me swooning.   I really don't think there's anything better than bringing the outdoors in so I chose fresh green boughs and berries from Bill's House of Flowers to create a casual centrepiece.  

While there, I picked up a rosemary tree for the restaurant.  It's incredibly fragrant and lovely... and pretty adorable too.  I've been on a real rosemary kick as of late.  I blame Bottega's Executive Chef John Costanzi for my recent obsession.  His devastatingly delicious rosemary parmesan fries and pizza di patate leaves me dreaming of this aromatic herb.  So, when it came time for me to choose a cocktail to share with you, I gravitated toward Bottega's Rosemary Pomegranate Spritzer.  It's refreshing and light and the colors say "holiday party".  We'll be serving these lovelies up at our ocmXtonic party and they'll be on special for the month of December.  Read on for the recipe.    

ROSEMARY POMEGRANATE SPRITZER

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bottle Prosecco
  • 2 oz peach schnapps
  • 4 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 oz pom juice
  • 1 small bottle mango flavoured soda
  • 6-8 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 fresh pomegranate
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 c water

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add 1 cup of water to a small pan with 2-3 sprigs of rosemary
  • Add sugar to boiling water and stir until dissolved
  • Remove from heat, strain rosemary leaves and set to cool
  • Clean and deseed pomegranate.  Set seeds aside
  • Pour Prosecco evenly into 4 cocktail glasses
  • Add .5 oz of peach schnapps, .5 oz rosemary simple syrup, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 oz pom juice and a splash of mango soda to each glass and stir
  • Add 1 tbsp of pomegranate seeds to each glass
  • Allow the pomegranate seeds time to float to the top and garnish with 1 sprig of rosemary
  • Celebrate and enjoy!

When you're finished, don't throw out your centrepiece!  You can repurpose it to create other holiday decor - spread across your mantle or stand it in a large vase.  I chose to use the branches and berries to make a rustic wreath.  Leftover berries also brightened up a neutral gift box.    

We hope to see you all at our blog launch/holiday party this Friday at Tonic!  Along with this cocktail there will be both sweet and savoury tables.  (Um, hello Little Bird Patisserie and The Heights!) A super fun photo booth, DIY table, decorating ideas, holiday make up trends, stylists to help you accessorize and AMAZING deals on all your favorite things!


All photographs taken at The Heights and Bottega by Karyn Kimberley Photography

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