Cocktails and yoga have a lot in common. Start the day off with a yoga class or a mimosa, and it’s probably gonna be a pretty good day. No time in the morning? Mid-day feels like a special treat, doesn’t it? Relaxing the muscles and taking the edge off, just a bit. Or perhaps after work, to unwind from the workday. Even if the entire day slips away, a little bit before bed can work a little wonder. No matter the time, the focus is on being in the present, not what needs to be done afterwards. It’s about sensing, (sipping), and savoring the moment. I’m focusing on me, and letting it flow. All is well after the first 45 minutes, but maybe even better after an hour and half. And rarely, if ever, do I regret either in moderation. I guess the ONE difference is, that I prefer my Vinyasa in the morning, and my Campari at the party.
I love party cocktails. For me, it usually involves Campari. My mom tells me that Campari is a drink for “old people” but I tell her that vintage cocktails are making a comeback! Oh, the brilliant red, the cool, bitterness on the tongue, the visions of a sunny afternoon on the patio of a villa in Tuscany. Most of the time, I enjoy a Campari soda or Campari orange as a pre-dinner cocktail, but holiday time means it’s time to indulge. So, in the crazyoverbookedshoppingmallsantabakingfrenzypresentwrappingholidayrama, if we are opting for cocktails instead of yoga, let’s make it count! Pop open the bubbly and sah-woon!
As soon as I saw that the theme for this week’s #SundaySupper was focused on libations, it was a no brainer for me. I’ve been eying a recipe for a Campari Mint spritzer from the Kichtn, and waiting for an excuse to break open a bottle of cava. I made this with pomegranate juice instead of cranberry and it was time to get our party cocktails on. As much as I love my yoga pants, this little spritzer inspires me to get dolled up and put on that holiday sparkle. It’s a drink that sings and dances with in your mouth. Even if you haven’t been a fan of Campari in the past, this spritzer just might turn that corner for you. It’s radiant red, balanced with the sweet, slightly tart winter pomegranate, a hint of festive mint, and of course, the bubbles! Make a glass for yourself or a pitcher to share. After all, it IS the most wonderful time of the year!
- 1 part Campari
- 2 parts Pomegranate Juice, cold
- Cava or a dry sparking white wine of your choice, chilled
- Fresh mint
- Muddle a few leaves of fresh mint in the bottom of a tall glass.
- Fill the glass with ice, add 1 part Campari, 2 parts pomegranate juice, and stir.
- Fill, the remainder with Cava or sparkling white wine, give a little stir, top with a leaf of fresh mint, and sip away!
- Note, that “part” is a ratio, use twice as much Pomegranate juice as Campari. For example, for a tall glass, I used 2 fl. oz. Campari, 4 fl. oz., and filled the glass with 5-6 fl. oz of Cava or a sparkling white wine of your choice.
Looking for other libational inspiration? Check out the other delicious ideas for cocktails, savory dishes, and sweet treats from the #SundaySupper family. And of course, thanks to Alice of A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei in the Kitchen and DB (aka Foodie Stuntman) of Crazy Foodie Stunts. for hosting this week’s #SundaySupper.
- Big Easy Milk Punch by The Weekend Gourmet
- Blue Sparkling Star Cocktail by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Boozy Iced Spanish Coffee by Nosh My Way
- Campari Mint Spritzer by eating in instead
- Cranberry Moscow Mule by Ruffles & Truffles
- Creamy, Loaded Eggnog by La Bella Vita Cucina
- Malibu Breeze by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Merry Berry Spritz by Amee’s Savory Dish
- Minty Lime Rum by A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei in the Kitchen
- Pomegranate Panache by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Rhubarb Fool Cocktail by Food Lust People Love
- Southern Pomegranate Sparkler by Noshing With The Nolands
- Sparkling Pomegranate Berry Punch by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Vanilla Bailey’s With A Twist by Momma’s Meals
Savory and Sweet Libational Dishes
- Apple Bourbon Pulled Pork Sliders by Curious Cuisiniere
- Beerberry Pancakes by Brunch with Joy
- Beet Relish by What Smells So Good?
- Belgian Beef Stew with Belgian Ale by Cooking On The Ranch
- Brandied Triple Cheese Ball by Magnolia Days
- Champagne Chicken by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Cornish Game Hens with Sausage Red Wine Sauce over Polenta by The Texan New Yorker
- Craft Beer Jelly by Nik Snacks
- Eggnog Dutch Baby Pancakes with Cranberries by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Hot Buttered Rum Balls by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Lentil Soup with Wine Braised Shallots by Pancake Warriors
- Red Wine Braised Short Ribs by Cooking Chat
- Amaretto Coconut Biscotti with Amaretto Salted Caramel Drizzle by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Amaretto Cranberry Swirled Cheesecake by The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Baked Pears with a Warm Tequila-Citrus Espuma by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Bourbon Cranberry Compote by Pies and Plots
- Caramelized Banana Upside-Down Rum Cake by Wallflour Girl
- Chocolate Stout Beer Brownies by The Perfect Brownie
- Dumante Frozen Espresso Creams by Seduction in the Kitchen
- Honey Chamomile Hot Toddy Tea Cake by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Kahlua Bundt Cake by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Red Wine Poached Pears with Ricotta and Balsamic Glaze by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Rum Glazed Cookie Cream Buns by NinjaBaker
- Tiramisu Biscotti by The Redhead Baker
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