The recipe for Nigella Lawson’s “Pomegranate Christmas Cocktail” that Glenn posted earlier in the week had me daydreaming about the light, festive drink and as soon as I had a chance, I dashed out and replenished my supply of Martini & Rossi’s Rosato Vermouth. I felt, though, that there was a way to take the original recipe up a step: simply replace the ginger ale with Cava. This evening we tried two variations of Nigella’s drink, and the Cava proved to be a perfect substitution. I used an inexpensive bottle of Albero Brut organic Cava, which was about $8 at Trader Joe’s.
The first drink consisted of two ounces of the pink Vermouth, topped with Cava, and a few pomegranate seeds as garnish. Light and dry, this version is suitable for anyone who cannot drink fruit juices like pomegranate or grapefruit. The Cava bubbles brought forth the Vermouth’s spicy cinnamon and cardamon notes, and actually smelled quite Christmas-y. For the second cocktail, pictured here, I added in the two ounces of pomegranate juice and additional seeds for garnish. The result? A refreshing, sparkly, fruity cocktail that is perfect on its own or with a variety of dishes. Cheers!