The year 2014 is coming to a close. It’s been a hectic holiday season and we’re looking forward to a quiet New Year celebration with two very good friends. No party hats, no noisemakers, no banging pots at midnight. Just a nice dinner (Mushroom Lentil Loaf for the plant-eaters), a decadent dessert (Black Forest Chocolate Mousse Cake for everyone) and a few of Bruce’s kick-ass cocktails. He served up a Pomegranate Martini for me this weekend that was quite tasty. Funny thing is that since I adopted a plant-based diet, alcohol hits me like a truck. I’m thinking that for New Years Eve I’m gonna need something to snack on to complement a cocktail (or two) so I can stay up to see the ball drop. Some of my favorite cocktails include Cosmopolitans, Chocolate Martinis and now the Pomegranate Martini. I thought it would be nice to pair these cocktails with snacks that are more like dessert, yet still healthy. I put together an Unmixed Trail Mix Tray that has assorted mason jars filled with dark chocolate, unsalted cashews and almonds, dried mango and pineapple, raisins and coconut. Your guests get to select whatever tidbit they like. The possibilities are endless. You can use beer mugs, pottery or elegant glassware for the containers and fill them with dried cherries, bananas, cranberries, figs, dates, dark chocolate-covered nuts or raisins, etc. You can use lobster picks, bamboo skewers or fondue forks for the dried fruit. Measuring spoons, coffee scoops or fancy sugar spoons can be used to scoop out nuts and raisins.Well, this isn’t exactly a recipe, so I’ll give you one for a Pomegranate Martini. So don’t wait until January 1st to start eating healthy. Why not start a day early? Best wishes for the healthiest and happiest New Year ever. Thanks for being Vegi-curious.
2 parts vodka
1 part Gran Marnier, Cointreau or Triple Sec
3 parts pomegranate juice
Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Pour vodka, Gran Marnier and pomegranate juice over ice. Shake and strain into martini glass. Number of servings depends on the size of your glass.
29 Dec 2014