If some biblical scholars are to be believed, it was a pomegranate, not an apple, with which Eve tempted Adam. This isn’t hard to imagine, as the enticing pomegranate is one of the most luscious, romantic fruits on earth, and it’s currently at its seasonal peak. Created by our wedding wellness expert, Carlene Thomas of Healthfully Ever After, today’s recipe pairs the pomegranate’s tart, ruby-red seeds with homemade cucumber-infused gin for a little sip of heaven that will lift you up and away. Here’s Carlene with all the juicy details on this bright, refreshing drink.
So we’re back in the swing of our day-to-day lives post holiday. Can we ask, where did all this work come from? More importantly, when is the next vacation? Although we can’t be your travel agent for a quick, rejuvenating getaway, we can bring a relaxing spa beverage to your home. In this cucumber-pomegranate cocktail, the tranquil and refreshing scent of cucumber mingles with the bright pop of seasonal pomegranate seeds, which are bursting with healthy antioxidants. Topped with a bit of jewel-like sparkle, this clean cocktail is your spa weekend transport.
- 1.5 ounces of cucumber-infused gin
- 3 drops of bitters
- Seltzer to top
- 1 cucumber ribbon per glass
- Pomegranate gems
- Shaved ice
To make cucumber-infused spirits, slice cucumbers, place in a jar with gin, and seal the jar. Shake occasionally and allow to combine in a cool, dark place for several days.
Make finely shaved/crushed ice using a blender or Vitamix. Slice cucumber ribbons using a mandolin and wrap along the inside of the glass. Mound shaved ice in the glass. Add cucumber gin and bitters together in a separate glass and stir. Pour over the ice and top off with seltzer. Place a sprinkling of pomegranate gems on top of the cocktail.
Photos and recipe by Carlene Thomas