Whether your guest list includes a handful of close friends or basically everyone you know, hosting a holiday party is no easy feat. And once you've sent out invitations, finalized the décor, and sorted through your menu for the evening, there's one more element to consider: a signature cocktail. We're not knocking a simple glass of champagne, but creating a unique seasonal drink is your chance to wow your guests and take your party to the next level.
To find the perfect seasonal sip, we tapped mixologist extraordinaire Raul Pool, who runs the bar at new L.A. hot spot Mi Corazon. One big takeaway? Pool says presentation is key—to really amp up the vibe of your party, serve up your drink of choice using Tiffany & Co.'s sleek, modern barware. (Just don't be surprised when your guests are just as interested to find out where you found your glasses as they are to jot down your cocktail recipe.) Want to spice up your holiday party? Get the recipe and Pool's best tips below.
Pool's cocktail-creating philosophy is simple: Start with your spirit of choice, and then pair it with fresh, seasonal ingredients. What will he be serving at his own holiday parties? La Granada Real, a delicious drink infused with pomegranate, rosemary, and a hint of lemon. It has just the right balance of sweet, citrus, and herb notes to complement whatever menu you're serving your guests.
What really makes La Granada Real a star among other cocktails is the pomegranate oleo saccharum and the pomegranate rosemary shrub. And trust us: These ingredients sound way more complicated than they actually are. Oleo saccharum is like a simple syrup, but instead of combining sugar with water, you use fresh fruit. The best part is this liquid lasts in your refrigerator for up to six months, so you can add a sweet punch to your cocktails well after the holidays. To make the shrub, you simply boil the oleo saccharum with apple cider vinegar and rosemary sprigs.
From there, you add in the spirits, bitters, and lemon juice to a shaker. The drink is poured over ice and topped with club soda, and you definitely will get bonus points with your guests if you freeze your cubes with pomegranate seeds in them.
Garnish the drink with more pomegranate seeds and a sprig of rosemary leaves and prepare to sip on the festive flavors of the season. Serve your cocktails in these stunning glasses with metal straws to make them feel extra special.
It's always thoughtful to have nonalcoholic beverages at your party, but classic soda feels a bit boring. Instead, create your own fizzy drink by mixing the shrub and oleo saccharum with club soda to taste; just hold the spirits. This drink will be a big hit with adults who prefer not to drink and with kids if you're hosting a family-friendly party.