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Homemade Holiday Gifts: Pomegranate Tequila

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Pomegranate Tequila

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.

Pomegranate Infused Vodka

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.

Pomegranate Tequila

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.

Pomegranate Tequila

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.

Thanks to Freund Container and Supply for sending me these super cute glass bottles and to POM Wonderful for the delicious pomegranates!

Don’t forget the HUGE Saffron Giveaway going on now until December 31st, 2012! Enter here!

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12 Responses to Homemade Holiday Gifts: Pomegranate Tequila

  1. Wow! That is one gorgeous gift! I started baking with pomegranate just few months ago and absolutely LOVE it. Will have to try to make infusions with it.

  2. Magic – the tipped glass. How did you do that?! Please make Christmas work for you and your family – forget all the baking and gather close what is really important. Hope you all all healthy again soon. X0 Liz

  3. These are gorgeous! What a great gift! Hope your family is feeling better soon. Happy Holidays!

  4. Oh my goodness – These are beautiful! Hope everyone stays well; and we hope to see you all in 2013! xoxo

  5. This is the most beautiful holiday post!! You knocked-it-out of the ballpark with these recipes – and photos! Happy Holidays to a very special friend!

  6. Kristina at #

    this is simply stunning – and sounds like a delicious gift I would certainly appreciate!

    I hope everyone is better soon and your holiday is joyous!

  7. I love the idea! Pomegranate has such great flavor, and infusing tequila with it is a wonderful idea. I can see a Pomegranate Margarita in my future. ;-) Fun post and good stuff – thanks so much.

  8. What a gorgeous drink! I love the color and I am sure I would love the taste. And those cute bottles would make a wonderful present!
    p.s. I hope the kids get better soon

  9. I have my own homemade Christmas gifts for this year. I love your idea!

  10. Yum, your pomegranate tequila sounds wonderful – wish I was your neighbor! :)

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