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Over the years, the contents of that liquor cabinet have morphed and shifted, making room for bottles of vodka (not a spirit my grandparents used much) and saying good bye to the whiskey that friends and family have pilfered. One recent addition that has really been floating my personal cocktail boat of late has been the bottle of Pama that I acquired a few months back.
Pama is a pomegranate flavored liqueur that is tangy, sweet and has a glowing red hue. It's all the pomegranate (plus some) without all the work! I like to make an adult soda with it, mixing a couple of ounces of Pama with plain old soda water, finishing it with a squeeze of lemon. It's similar to when you cut sparkling water with cranberry juice, only with a slightly intoxicating zing. It's also great for deglazing the pan when you're working with sweet and savory flavors (there's a recipe on the Pama website for Oven Roasted Pork Chops with a Shallot and Pama Sauce that sounds absolutely delicious).
If you're looking for something to add a little zip to your special holiday drink, I highly suggest that you consider Pama as your secret ingredient! If you're looking for a little recipe inspiration, there are two options after the jump.
I don't know if I have a special drink I have around the holidays, though I guess if I had to think of one it would be egg nog. Not that I drink a lot of it around the holidays, it's just that it's the only holiday-related drink that I can think of having. If I'm going to have a drink, I usually stick to what I have other months of the year, even if it is Christmas.
Fandango has a quiz where they'll figure out which drink is best for you during the holidays. They ask you questions such as your favorite color, what type of movies you like, your idea of a fun time, etc. Then they tell you what you should be drinking. It works with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
I don't know how accurate it is since I got "Whiskey," which I can't stomach.
OK, so this might be a week or so late, but some of us are still in the Christmas spirit, right? Well, if you're not, maybe you can check out this drink and get back in the Christmas spirit! Or maybe as a way to toast the holiday season goodbye until next time.
It's called the Santa Claus Metropolitan, and I got it from Dale Degroff's excellent web site. He's known as "King Cocktail," and it's easy to see why. He's got a lot of drinks there that I've never even heard of before, in addition to all the classics and twists on classics.
Read on for the recipe: