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Pomegranate-Mint Spritzer (Non-Alcoholic) for the Non-Boozers at the Holiday Party

Glitter. No, I’m not talking about the Mariah Carey movie. I’m talking about HOLIDAY TIME! My absolute, very favorite time of year (aside from summer vacation, duh…). The holidays are a total whirlwind. Cocktail parties, dinner parties, family time, baking, shopping, card-writing, and merry-ing. Matt and I spend the Christmas holiday in Ohio with his family and then come back to San Francisco to celebrate the New Year with our friends and my family. Inevitably, we always wait until the LAST minute to buy our tickets and inevitably, we always stress about how expensive they are (my LEAST favorite part of the holidays). But, once the tickets are purchased, I’m usually a happy camper.

Ever since I started buying everything online (try me: I never go to the mall anymore), holiday shopping is pretty much a breeze. I ask my Twitter friends for advice and do visual searches through Pinterest, scroll through my web clips in Evernote (ahem, disclosure: my employer, but a super awesome tool!), and clickety click everything is done. The boxes collect at my work, and I can enjoy my weekends and evenings doing stuff like…not shopping. Instead, drinking lattes or working on Turntable Kitchen and/or the Pairings Box.

This year, we’re having our annual holiday party and inviting a few of our close friends (the apartment can only accomodate so many people before we die of oxygen deprivation). I’ll be baking some tasty treats for sure, and hopefully whipping up some of this sangria. For the most part, when I throw a holiday party, I focus on a few ‘wow’ items that I prep ahead of time, and then accompany them with simpler (read: easy to prep) appetizers. We’re also more wine and beer types, so we rarely come up with cocktails, but one signature drink is fun. Last year it was this.

Since I’ve been on a juicing kick lately, I’ve been trying to come up with fun ways to incorporate juice into things that aren’t so healthy. I know there’s a lot of boozing during the holidays but if you, like me, have friends who don’t drink (or maybe are pregnant? Not me, I swear.) it’s fun to offer them something other than water.

This minty pomegranate spritzer is it. Mix a little bit of freshly squeezed pom juice (or store-bought, I won’t judge) with some sparkling water and pour into pretty glasses. I love the touch of mint in the juice, it’s so refreshing. Also, I picked up these art deco glasses at a little shop on Divisadero Street in San Francisco and I am just obsessed with them. They add instant festiveness!

Pomegrante-Mint Spritzer
*serves four

Note: if you do not own a juicer, you could easily use store-bought pomegranate juice. Perhaps you might try infusing the sparkling water with mint by letting a mint sprig or two sit in the water for an hour or two.

2 pomegranates
sparkling water (I used Pellegrino)
4-5 fresh mint leaves

1. Remove the seeds from the pomegrantes and feed them through a juicer, along with the mint.
2. Fill glasses with about an inch-worth of pomegranate-mint juice. Top off with sparkling water, garnish with additional mint leaves (if desired) and serve chilled.

Musical Pairings: Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape + Pomegranate Spritzer

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Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • http://twitter.com/ladomestique Jess O’Toole

    Pomegranates are the ingredient of the week at la Domestique! I just love them and think poms are perfect for getting in the holiday spirit. Your spritzer is fantastic.

  • http://www.saffronlane.com/blog Elizabeth @ Saffron Lane

    I happen to have an obsession with those art deco glasses myself — so pretty! Thanks for the virgin cocktail idea for those of us who are on “booze restriction” this year! xxo

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Yum! I’ll have to check it out! Thanks, Jess :)

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Thanks, Beth! I am so, so into them. Who says you can’t serve a virgin drink in them?

  • http://cookieandkate.com Cookie and Kate

    You’re really making me want a juicer. Fresh mint with fresh juice is a win, every time!

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    I love my juicer! It’s a pricey addition, but if you think you’ll put it to good use, I absolutely recommend it.

  • Chez Us

    Did you get these adorable glasses at Etsy? They look familiar, and the ones I was going to get are gone. :)

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Actually, I bought them from a little antique shop on Divis. I nabbed them as soon as I laid eyes on them!

  • http://twitter.com/ReviewOrganics Review Organics

    Amazing

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