To remove the seeds from a pomegranate, cut the pomegranate in half. With your hand over the cut side, hold it face down over a bowl. Hit the topside with a wooden spoon and continue until all the seeds have fallen out.The holiday season is a time for pretty lights, gatherings of family and friends, goodwill and cheer, and new beginnings. One of my favorite ways to celebrate it is with a SideCarriage cocktail.
The SideCarriage cocktail, inspired by the classic 1940s Sidecar, starts with a base of apple brandy. It’s sweetened with equal parts of orange and maraschino cherry liqueurs, and then brightened with lemon juice for a slightly tart and refreshing taste. Pomegranate seeds add a festive and pretty look and a delightful texture and treat. For a celebratory touch, add a splash of your favorite bubbles.
SideCarriage Cocktail Recipe
1-1/2 ounces (45 ml) Calvados (apple brandy), or cognac
3/4 ounce (22 ml) Cointreau (orange liqueur)
3/4 ounce (22 ml) Luxardo (maraschino liqueur)
1 ounce (30 ml) lemon juice
1 tablespoon superfine (caster) sugar for the rim of the glass
Pomegranate seeds (optional)
A splash of bubbles, champagne or prosecco (optional)
1 Place the sugar in a shallow dish. Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with a lemon, and then dip it in the sugar. Set aside.
2 Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Add the Calvados, Cointreau, Luxardo, and lemon juice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Pour into a prepared cocktail glass, add a few pomegranate seeds and a splash of champagne or prosecco, and serve.
As seen in JNSQ style magazine for iPad.
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