DEBORAH CROMBIE: It's that time of year, so here's my bit of Christmas cheer!
DEBS' CHRISTMAS COCKTAIL
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1 oz Bombay Sapphire gin
2 tsp basil simple syrup*
4 oz Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice
Top with Perrier or other sparkling water
Garnish with sliver of lime and pomegranate seeds
You can serve in a short glass, or in a wine glass as I've done here. Either way, it's bright red and very festive. If you don't care for the alcohol, it's good--and very refreshing--without. But don't leave out the basil simple syrup--that's the magic ingredient!
Basil simple syrup:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
several large sprigs fresh basil
Heat sugar and water until sugar dissolves. Turn off heat, add basil, let steep until sugar solution cools. Remove basil, pour syrup into glass jar and refrigerate.
(Photo credit to Rick, with thanks for serving as official photographer and food stylist:-))
Cheers, and Happy Holidays!