Mixing up this festive holiday drink recipe from the Magnolia Journal Winter Magazine and turning it into a holiday cocktail – two ways.
If you’re going to spend $8 on a magazine these days, please do yourself a favor and spend that on a copy of Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Journal. I’ve purchased two now and I have yet to be let down. The winter 2018 edition that I recently picked up has been full of holiday inspiration and I’m slowly making my way through the recipes inside. No joke. I’ve made three of the recipes so far and they’re all amazing.
When I saw this drink recipe in The Magnolia Journal, my cousin and I immediately debated over whether it would be better with champagne or vodka… naturally. So I decided to volunteer myself to taste test both and let you know how it went down. If you’re looking for more holiday cocktail entertaining, don’t forget about my Cranberry Moscow Mule from last year… It’s still a favorite of mine.
- 2 Cups Water
- 1/2 Cup Honey
- 1/4 Cup Fresh Rosemary Leaves
- 2 Cups Pomegranate Seeds
- 24 oz. Bottle of Pomegranate Juice
- Club Soda (for Vodka Drink)
- Rosemary Sprigs – (for Garnish)
I followed the entire recipe step by step until it came to pouring it and combining with the club soda to drink as a non-alcoholic spritzer type drink. I would also like to note that I preferred this drink recipe as more of a mixer style drink, which I think is a good reason they recommend to serve mixed with club soda.
First, fill your glass with ice and add in your serving of vodka to your ice. Second, add your Rosemary Pomegranate Juice, but don’t fill all the way. Top with an equal part of club soda for a cocktail twist on Joanna’s original recipe! I loved this option, the juice recipe without and soda is very woods-y and perfect for the holiday season, so just make sure you’re doing equal parts of juice mixture and club soda or even sprite if you prefer.
For the Champagne drink, I would treat this as a mimosa. So pour your champagne into your glass, I also used a glass with ice for this exercise and then top with your Rosemary Pomegranate Juice. I loved this option because it was just enough tart and acidic juice and who doesn’t love champagne?? Perfect for early entertaining or a festive drink while cooking for Christmas Day.