As I confessed last week, I am not ready for the holidays. Here I am one week later, even more NOT ready for the holidays. Having three kids home for two days with a stomach virus kinda does that to you. Plus, who the heck wants my annual baked goody baskets knowing that they were made in a house contaminated with a stomach virus?! Major downer. So, no baking – at least this week. My gift shopping has been limited to Amazon – which isn’t very limiting at all, come to think about it. Luckily, I have the jams I canned last month to give out, along with these delicious bad boys.
Last year, I shared with you one favorite holiday treat I handed to friends and family: Pomegranate Infused Vodka. Super easy and brainless to make.
This year, we experimented with Pomegranate Infused Tequila. But, it lacked the smoothness and fruitiness that we loved in the overpriced pomegranate tequila we found at Costco. Not to mention that time zoomed by between Thanksgiving and today, and we frankly, we never got around to infusing our giant bottles of tequila, just our smaller experimental ones.
Well, a bottle (or three) of pomegranate concentrate solved that problem. After a few trials and errors (and a couple ibuprofen to take care of the hangover), the hubby and I found a great formula for our Pomegranate Tequila. Basically 1.5 parts pomegranate concentrate for every 12 parts of silver tequila. The amount of pomegranate flavor depends greatly on the brand of concentrate you buy, whether it’s POM or the ones you find at a middle-eastern grocery store (I used Sadaf, as I couldn’t find POM). You can also use regular gold tequila, too. We tried both! Feel free to taste test yourself to find your own ratio. Throw in some pomegranate arils in the shot glass and you’ll have a real crowd pleaser with this drink! (full recipe here for Pomegranate Tequila)
If you don’t have concentrate, don’t fret. Throw some pomegranate arils in your bottles of tequila or vodka, gift them to your friends with instructions to strain out the arils in 2-3 weeks. And if they are like my husband, enjoy those arils. They are like mini shots of booze.
Well, the cat’s out of the bag now. All my friends reading this will be expecting a bottle this year. I think I’d prefer a bottle of pomegranate tequila or a plate of cookies, too. Especially after a week of sick kids.