Ginger packs a punch to this easy non boozy pomegranate spritzer, topped with sparkling water and a dash of bitters!
As with many years, I started out 2017 with a set of goals and intentions. Not really resolutions, since those are kind of not my jam (or anyone’s it seems) and they seem to slip to the wayside as soon as February (aka Valentines and Easter, aka candy season) roll around. Mine include things like ‘drink/eat something green everyday’, ‘set and meet goals for the blog (!!)’ and ‘drink less booze’. While I’m not a lush by any means, I can tend to get carried away on a weekend, when the old fashioneds are flowing and tomorrow is a day without day job work, drinking just a few more cocktails seems like no biggie. Really, what ends up happening is that I get a little tipsy, we go home, I eat most of a bag of potato chips (true story), then I fall asleep in a salt induced coma of ‘I need to workout in the morning’. Morning comes and all I want is greasy potatoes, the couch, and a lot of not being productive for the rest of the day. True life of a late 20 something. Ginger pomegranate spritzers are now coming to my rescue!
I realized that yes, I like having drinks with friends! Happy hour is fun! But not when it ruins the next day or ends up making me frustrated with how little I got done in a weekend. So, the past few weeks of the year I haven’t been drinking nearly as much as I was at the end of the year (hello holidays!). My skin feels clearer, I sleep better, and honestly, I kind of love it. While this doesn’t mean I’m going to be giving up my weekend bloody mary anytime soon, it does mean that I’ve gone into the weekend festivities with a little more intention and thought into what I’m putting into my body. Along that same vein, it’s also totally not fun to be just sipping on water, so a fizzy, sweet-ish drink was something I knew I needed to put together for this new intention.
After I made this ginger pomegranate spritzer, I was sipping on it while testing some blog recipes and it totally felt like a fun cocktail, score! It also still has the sweetness of a fruity drink, without being sugary beyond belief and relying on simple syrups for all the flavor. It’s also kind of fun to see the pomegranate seeds pop up to the top after they are dropped in for a garnish, bubbly water for the win!
Ginger Pomegranate Spritzer
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 1/4 inch fresh ginger grated
- Orange bitters
- 2 cups sparkling water
- Pomegranate seeds for garnish
In two cocktail glasses, stir together the pomegranate juice and grated ginger, dividing the two evenly between the glasses. Once combined, top each with 2-3 dashes of bitters and pour sparkling water over until it fills each glass. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.