I hope you are having a lot of fun this holiday season! I would love to wish you all a beautiful new year and a magical New Year's Eve. You can celebrate with this festive pomegranate and rosemary cocktail. Of course you don't have to save it for the New Year's, it's works great for every occasion.
Recipe: Pomegranate and rosemary cocktail
80 ml of gin
80 ml of chilled pomegranate juice
one tbsp. of rosemary simple syrup
one tbsp. of lime juice
Mix all the ingredients in a shaker with ice.
Pour into glasses and garnish with rosemary springs and pomegranate seeds.
Recipe: Rosemary simple syrup
one cup of water
one cup of sugar
5 rosemary springs
Place all the ingredients in a pot and heat over low heat, until sugar dissolves completely.
Remove from heat and set aside for 30 minutes.
Discard rosemary springs and chill the syrup in a fridge.
What's your least favourite weather? Personally, I really honestly hate the heat. Even my inborn aversion to snow and cold doesn't make it easier to bear anything over 30 degrees Celscius. I hope that one day I will move to a weather paradise where thermometers never show anything below 20 or above 25 degrees. Until then, all I have is complaining and more and less effective methods of surviving the heat.
How to survive the sweltering heat:
1. If you can't imagine starting a day without a cup of coffee, go for a refreshing iced americano, instead of foamy cappuccino.
2. Drink water! Lots of water! Add fresh mint, lemon juice or cucumber slices to make it even more reviving. Drinking water is almost always a good idea.
3. Eat cold food. It's light and you don't need to stay over a steaming pot or heat your kitchen with the oven to prepare it. Make salads, cold snacks, sushi (or - even better - sushi burrito) and cold soups (how about chilled avocado soup chłodnik z awokado?).
4. Homemade ice cream! Making sorbet or granita doesn't take a lot of effort and gives you a solid dose of refreshment. Use this recipe for traditional Sicilian granita. You can adjust the quantity of sugar (or not use sugar at all) and go with seasonal fruit - blueberries, raspberries, currants.
5. Focus on the positive sides of the heat. In the evening, when the temperature is nice and bearable, sit at your terrace (or your friends' terrace), take a sip of a chilled prosecco and blackberries cocktail and try to remember how much you actually hate winter.
Recipe: Prosecco and blackberries cocktail
Serves: 2 (adults)
150 ml of chiled prosecco (or other sparkling white wine - it just has to be chilled!)
50 ml of chilled limoncello
fresh blackberries (around 6)
Start with placing blackberries in the freezer for at least 20 minutes.
Transfer frozen blackberries into chilled glasses.
It’s one of the best ways to capture the taste of summer in a glass bottle. Rhubarb syrup is extremely easy to make and can be used in multiple refreshing ways. You can add it to homemade iced tea or simply serve with sparkling water and plenty of ice cubes. I highly recommend a cocktail made of rhubarb syrup and wheat beer, with a hint of lemon and fresh mint. If you plan a summer evening on a terrace, make a spritzer with crisp white wine and sparkling water or pleasantly chilled prosecco.
Recipe: Rhubarb syrup
Makes about 400 ml of syrup
1 kg of rhubarb, chopped
one cup of sugar
2 cups of water
juice of one lemon
Combine rhubarb, sugar, water and lemon juice in a saucepan.
Bring to boil and simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes.
Let cool and sieve to separate the liquid from the rhubarb (you can use it to make a cake).