Are you looking for the perfect cocktail to serve to your guests this year at your holiday parties? Well, look no further! This Spiced Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Spritz is sure to impress your guests! This cocktail is made with a homemade Fall spiced pomegranate and rosemary simple syrup, Empress 1908 gin, and a bit of acidity and tonic water. This is the perfect seasonal sip for Thanksgiving and Holiday gatherings!
How to make the Spiced Pomegranate and Rosemary Simple Syrup?
There are only a few components in this cocktail, but they all come together in a brilliant way for a delicious seasonal sip!
The main ingredient giving this drink the season vibes is the Spiced Pomegranate and Rosemary Simple Syrup. You can make this in advance and keep it in your fridge for up to one month. We love adding this simple syrup to a variety of cocktails, so having it on hand is always a good idea.
The simple syrup is made with pomegranate juice, cinnamon sticks, star anise, sugar, water and a rosemary sprig. The infusion of all the flavors becomes a spectacular syrup, and once strained and cooled, you can use it in your cocktail!
Why use acid phosphate instead of lemon juice?
In this cocktail, you will see that we added 3 dashes of acid phosphate, instead of something with similar acidity – like lemon juice. This is for a good reason! Acid phosphate has the acidic properties of lemon juice to give the drink a touch of a tang, without that overall flavor profile of lemon juice. You can find acid phosphate to add to your bar collection HERE.
But, not to worry! If you can’t find any, simply add a teaspoon or so of fresh lemon juice. Just know that this will make the color more purple and it will add a bit more lemon flavor to the cocktail, of course.
What gin to use in this cocktail?
We created this cocktail with Empress 1908 gin, a Canadian hand-crafted spirit from Victoria Distillers in British Columbia. If you’ve been around here for a while, you know our love for this gin runs deep! It is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but the combination of botanicals and the quality makes Empress 1908 one of our go-to gins. It is especially tasty in this cocktail as well!
Appetizers to serve with this cocktail?
Appetizers and cocktails go hand in hand, so we created a delicious bite-sized appetizer to enjoy with this festive gin cocktail! Having foods that are easy to pop in your mouth as you are sipping on cocktails and mingling is crucial! And our recipe for Asparagus and Mushroom Cheese Soufflé Bites is easy to make and delicious with this cocktail especially this time of the year!
Check out this recipe for the Asparagus and Mushroom Cheese Soufflé Bites!
We hope you enjoy this Spiced Pomegranate and Rosemary Gin Spritz! If you give it a try, leave us a comment below or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!
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