Much like the Cucumber Ginger Mocktail we shared last week, this cocktail is — first and foremost — refreshing as heck. It’s seasonal and festive, but it’ll save your stomach from all the heavy eggnog and Irish creme. That might be flowing a little too freely at your holiday celebrations during the coming week.
This Pomegranate Thyme Fizz Cocktail is a perfect drink for parties (think: big beautiful punch bowl that maybe I could borrow from you some time). Moreover, it tastes just as nice without the liquor if you’re looking for a solid non-alcoholic option for teetotalers. You could also substitute rosemary or mint for the thyme for a totally different flavour profile.
Though it’s a simple cocktail to create at home, pomegranates aren’t the most cooperative thing in the fruit bowl. So in the spirit of holiday generosity, first we’d like to share the ultimate method to harvesting those delicious seeds in under 60 seconds. Keep in mind that we had two dozen pomegranates to seed at the time and didn’t figure this trick out until about an hour in… do not make the same mistakes we did.
To remove pomegranate seeds:
Start by lightly circle the pomegranate with a knife to create two halves (don’t cut all the way through). After that by using your fingers, pry the pomegranate open. Take one of the halves and gently pull it in various directions to stretch the inside parts out a little bit and break some of the bonds between the seeds and the rind. Flip the pomegranate seed side down in your hand and then beat the outside of the pomegranate with a wooden spoon over a bowl, turning as needed. Lastly, pick out the few pieces of pulp that might end up in the bowl. That’s it. Magic!
- 3-4 spoonfuls of fresh pomegranate seeds (or 2 ounces pomegranate juice)
- 1 small sprig of fresh thyme
- 2 ounces gin or vodka
- ginger ale
Using a muddler (or in our case, a metal spoon and strainer), muddle the pomegranate seeds and thyme together. Strain the juice into a glass. Add gin or vodka and ice, top with ginger ale and garnish with fresh thyme and pomegranate seeds as “sprigs of holly.”
This makes for the perfect house cocktail for all of your holiday soirées, but you don’t need to have a gathering to enjoy this pretty drink! Share with us your making! Take a photo of yours, send us an email, tag us on Instagram, tweet us, anything. We love to see yours!