Sparkling Apple Rosemary Cocktail with Pomegranate
2016 is just around the corner, and while most people are making resolutions and planning healthier diets for the New Year, I'm spending 9 hour days in the kitchen testing recipes and photographing them for my cookbook! It's not coming out until next Fall, but the editing process has taken over my life for now. Its been so much fun and I'm loving it, don't get me wrong - but I am pretty excited for the day I don't have to turn on the oven. After this book is done, its take-out at our place for at least a month.
While I haven't exactly made a resolution yet, I have decided to make a real effort to spend more time camping and being outside having #plantbasedadventures (check it out on Instagram!) with Alex. We have so much fun doing it and it just makes both of us feel so amazing to be outside in the fresh air.
But for now, it is way too damn cold to go camping and I've got way too much editing to do to leave for a long weekend anyway. What I can do, however, is drink. Ha! And this drink is perfectly festive and perfect for toasting on NYE. It starts with champagne - your choice which brand - and is topped with a bit of sweet apple cider, pomegranate arils, and fresh sprigs of rosemary. The sweet, earthy flavors pair beautifully together and are pretty enough to serve at your party and impress your guests. These are so easy to make and have a little something for everyone, so whip up a batch to toast with a friend and let's celebrate another healthy, happy year. Cheers!
8 ounces champagne
4 ounces chilled apple cider
2 tablespoons pomegranate arils
2-4 sprigs fresh rosemary
Pour equal amounts of champagne and apple cider into each small glass or flute. Top each drink with a tablespoon of pomegranate arils and a couple sprigs of rosemary. Serve + enjoy!
Makes 2- 6 oz. drinks.
If you don't have/ like pomegranate, sub in halved cranberries or fresh raspberries!
Strawberry Blonde Smoothie
When I woke up this morning, there was frost on the windows. Since the daylight savings change, the temperature drop by morning is even more noticeable. And this morning, I needed a little something more to pry my freezing buns out of bed. I needed a little taste of SUMMER.
So I hopped up, ran downstairs to the (also) freezing kitchen, and threw together this little number. Some frozen fruit, a squeeze of fresh lemon and my secret ingredient: apple cider. Yum!
I promptly grabbed a cute straw (of course), rinsed out the blender, and ran my buns right back upstairs and into bed, enjoying my granola-topped smoothie while watching New Girl on Netflix.
It was a good morning.
I think its only fair to share my little ray of sun in this damp, dark fall...I promise it'll turn that frown upside down-
and give you a mega blast of vitamin C, while you're at it.
The recipe serves one but can be easily doubled. Let's eat!
1 frozen banana
1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
10 ounces apple cider (unpasteurized if possible)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
-flax (ground, seeds, or oil)
or top with a little bit of granola!
Blend all ingredients together in a high-speed blender until creamy.
If your fruit isn't frozen, add a few ice cubes and a little extra apple cider to the mix to make it creamy.
Sip it through a straw or eat it in a bowl.