Sweet, tart, and perfect for holiday entertaining, this Royal Pomegranate Apple cocktail is a delicious blend of fall harvest flavors.
CHEERS! After the most recent record breaking heat wave, the weather has been overcast for at least a week now. The leaves are in that odd stage where the trees look kind of pale but haven’t turned their showy fall colors just yet. Even though the first official day of Autumn was this past week, the feeling in the air is that it is definitely coming but not quite in full swing. It is almost time to dust off the boots and scarves while flipping through This Old House Magazine. Ok, that last one isn’t about fall, but a room of mine is being featured inside in October, so I can’t help myself.
It’s actually been a very big month around here. Not only I am excited for all things fall with this inspired cocktail, but this is also the first signature drink recipe I’ve created with a new partner, Drizly! I was asked to be a Top Shelf Blogger and I couldn’t be more excited. More details and more recipes to come!
So, to celebrate, I thought I’d whip up a slightly different fall flavored cocktail. Pomegranate and Apple are a great combination and both fruits are harvested during the autumn and winter months. About 2 years ago, my husband’s brother introduced me to the sweet goodness of Crown Royal Regal Apple. Whisky isn’t something I normally go for since I am more of a fruity sangria or mixed drink kind of girl. Generally speaking, whisky and bourbon don’t have the fruity cocktail selection of, let’s say, a vodka or rum. This won me over, however.
Ready to try it?! Let’s talk about what’s in these red beauties and revisit the lessons learned many years ago when I was busy pouring drinks for many a patron around Knoxville. Oh, those were some fun nights! First, my standard cocktail is 1.5 ounces of liquor for a rocks glass mixed drink, and the highball cocktail glass varies anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 ounces depending on the recipe or drink. That’s just what I was always taught although some say that a standard pour is 2 ounce. If you don’t have a jigger, one fluid ounce equals to two tablespoons. If you use less ice or no ice, consider using 2 ounces because you will be adding more juice to fill the drink. Cocktail mixing is all about the proportions. Pour everything over ice and no need to shake. You can use any variety of Pomegranate juice you can find, but the most readily available one I know of is POM wonderful and it is usually in the refrigerated shelves near the fresh vegetable section. Lastly, I am partial to gingerale for cocktail making but sprite will also work if you have that on hand.
- 1.5 fl ounces Crown Royal Regal Apple equals 3 tablespoons
- 4 fl ounces Pomegranate Juice
- 1 fl ounce ginger ale
- 1 Apple sliced in rounds for garnish (optional)
Fill rocks glass with ice. Pour Crown Royal Regal Apple over ice. Add pomegranate juice until glass is 2/3 full. Top with a heavy splash of ginger ale.
Also, the red and green combination could really make this a fun holiday cocktail or punch for entertaining. If you mix this up, tell me your thoughts in the comments or follow me and tag @CravingCreative on Instagram!
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