With so many holiday parties to throw and so little time (the season is quickly passing after all), I’ve made it my mission to come up with delicious ways to simplify my holiday gatherings while still thrilling and delighting all of my guests. All season long I’ve been experimenting with finger foods and testing out festive drinks. Through trial and error, I’ve discovered that whipping up a festive spread that make any gathering feel like a true party doesn’t have to be hard! It simple requires a little preparation that includes a trip to Sam’s Club to ensure I’m always stocked up on supplies and recipes for my perfect pairing of easy Pomegranate Lemonade and Spiced Nuts!
Now, for me holiday entertaining really boils down to having great friends and family in the same place and having easy snacks and drinks that feel fancy without requiring much effort. I’ve got a variety of beverage recipes that I rotate through for my holiday entertaining but right now, one of the most asked for options is my easy pomegranate lemonade made with Simply Lemonade®™ from Sam’s Club! This already perfect lemonade comes in two packs that are deliciously simple! Both the Simply Lemonade® and Simply Orange® beverages are great-tasting 100% juice and juice drinks that can be found in the refrigerated sections of my Sam’s Club. By sticking to the principal that simple is best, I was able to take my Simply Lemonade®™ and a few simple ingredients and turn it into the perfect easy Pomegranate Lemonade drink for the holidays!
What You Will Need
(Makes 2 Drinks)
1 Cup of Simply Lemonade®
1/4 Cup of Fresh Pomegranate Arils
1/4 Cup of Fresh Pomegranate Juice
Mint for Garnish
How to Make It
This easy to make pomegranate lemonade is a perfect drink for holiday entertaining and it’s so easy to whip up! To start, I simply pulled out some fancy glasses! In my opinion, nothing takes a drink from everyday delicious to holiday party ready easier than fancy glasses! I love serving up holiday mocktails in cocktail glasses just to give them a festive and grown up feel! Once I had my glasses ready, I added half of my pomegranate arils to the bottom of each glass.
Not only do these juicy little arils add a burst of color but they are also a tasty pop of flavor that can be enjoyed at the end of the pomegranate lemonade. Once I had my arils in the bottom of my glass, I poured a half a cup of Simply Lemonade® on top of them. Now, don’t worry if the pomegranate arils rise when the lemonade is poured in because they will settle again quickly!
Once my Simply Lemonade® was poured into my glasses, I was able to add a eight of a cup of fresh pomegranate juice to each drink, avoiding stirring to keep some separation (*Tip: pour the pomegranate juice down the inside of the glass instead of right into the middle to cause it to sink and create the layered look). All that was left to do was add a little fresh mint and I had a festive holiday beverage that boasted deliciously simple flavor but still felt amazingly festive!
Once I had my easy pomegranate lemonades whipped up, I knew I needed a little fingerfood to go with them and let’s face it, nothing goes better with a tart lemonade drink that some holiday spiced nuts! Thankfully I had piked up some Maker’s Mark unsalted mixed nuts on my trip to Sam’s Club and was easily able to transform them into the perfect finger food to compliment my pomegranate lemonade for my holiday gatherings. It was as simple as adding 1/4 cup of butter, 5 tablespoons of brown sugar, 3 tablespoons of molasses and a tablespoon each of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves to a pan and heating it on medium heat until all of the ingredients were perfectly melted together.
Next, I poured in my Maker’s Mark nuts and tossed them gently while continuing to heat my mixture until it was thick and completely covered all of my nuts.
Once my mixture had reached a sticky consistently, I transferred it to a lined baking sheet and placed my spiced nuts in the oven for fifteen minutes.
Out came perfectly delicious spiced nuts that have the flavor of the holidays in each and every bite! After transferring my prepared spiced nuts to a serving bowl, I placed them next to my easy pomegranate lemonade and was thrilled with the holiday entertaining spread that I had been able to create.
The sweet and spicy taste of the nuts paired perfectly with the tartly refreshing taste of my pomegranate lemonade made with Simply Lemonade® to create a holiday entertaining spread that took very little time to put together but was perfect for all of my seasonal gatherings!
With every sip of my perfectly simply yet amazingly delicious pomegranate lemonade, my guests taste buds are taken on a journey! When paired with my flavorful spice nuts, I was able to create a virtual party in their months that leaves everyone who attends my holiday gathering feeling very festive! For me, the simplicity of using Simply Lemonade® from Sam’s Club to create this easy holiday entertaining spread makes the thought of throwing festive gathering all season long not feel overwhelming. In fact, it helps me to look forward to the next time that I open my doors for a seasonal get-together that is guaranteed to be delicious!
Are you ready to throw simply amazing holiday gatherings with the simply delicious taste of Simply Beverages® from Sam’s Club? Head to your local club today to stock up on the Simply Lemonade® of Simply Orange® 2 packs and a variety of Maker’s Mark nuts so that no matter when the entertaining urge hits you, you’ll be ready to whip up a spread that’s always simply amazing!
Now tell me, what fun and festive beverage will you create this holiday season using the simply delicious taste of Simply Beverages®?