We hosted our neighborhood Christmas party last week and I searched Pinterest for a fun cocktail.  I found one I liked Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer from House in the Hills.  We have a huge rosemary bush in our backyard and I really liked the different ingredients, especially the addition of homemade rosemary simple sugar.  I renamed mine a Mrs. Claustail (get it instead of Cocktail, it’s Claustail?  What?  I think it’s clever).

I had a tray of these bubbly spirits waiting for guests as they arrived.  The sprig of rosemary is like a swizzle stick.  Grocery stores are plentiful right now with Pomegranates and I like to have a bowl of them on our kitchen table during the holidays.  Mr. Bee is a whiz at peeling them and plucking the fresh seeds of goodness.  Plus, we needed them for Giada’s Pomegranate Brussels Sprouts Salad.

Here’s the Mrs. Claustail recipe:

1 bottle of chilled Prosecco
2 ounces peach schnapps
4 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
4 ounces of chilled pomegranate juice (I like Trader Joe’s)
1 small bottle mango flavored soda water (I found this at Trader Joe’s)
6-8 sprigs of rosemary
1 fresh pomegranate
1/2 cup of sugar
1 cup water

Add 1 cup of water to a small saucepan with 2-3 sprigs of rosemary, bring to a boil.
Add sugar to boiling water and stir until sugar dissolves.
Remove from heat, strain rosemary sprigs and set aside to cool.
Clean and de-seed pomegranate.  Set seeds aside.
Pour Prosecco into 4 cocktail glasses.
Add 1/2 ounce of peach schnapps, 1/2 ounce rosemary simple syrup, 1 tsp. lemon juice, 1 ounce of pom juice and a splash of mango soda water to each glass and stir.
Sprinkle in a few pomegranate seeds into each glass.
Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

Check out my Pinterest — Just a Sip board for more ways to say Cheers!