Saturday, December 3, 2011

nesting: a shower and a cocktail classic

Jen designed nesting cupcakes for the celebration!

I had the opportunity today to sneak a peak into a delightful occasion - a baby shower thrown by my DF (dear friend) Jenifer.  Winter holiday time can be filled with a bit of chaos - but I can't imagine a more magical season to be awaiting a baby. My grandmother always spoke reverently of times when she anticipated a new grandchild and babies made the holidays extra special for her.  Perhaps that is why she had 30+ grandchildren?  What can I say, except 'Irish-Catholic'. :)

Non-Alcohoic Version
(perfect for expectant moms)
Top w/ Sparkling Water
or Ginger Ale

Back to the event: A baby girl is due in January, the first child for Jen's cousin and her husband. The Trevett's welcomed family and friends to celebrate, to honor the mom-to-be and to share their excitement.  The gathering was festive and graced by her elegant touches (see pics below).

Jen's Pomegranate-Ginger Sparkler is perfect for parties and flexible enough for kids or adults.  She was kind enough to share with me the key ingredient - a pomegranate-ginger syrup. The variations will give you the flexibility to make this your own.  Doubling the recipe is easy - great for a crowd. Thank you, Jen!

Pomegranate-Ginger Syrup
courtesy Jen

This batch would make enough for about 8 cocktails or a medium-sized pitcher.

2 c pomegranate juice
1 T sugar
2" piece fresh ginger, peeled (grate for more intensity)

Boil these ingredients until reduced to approximately 2/3 c remains.  Strain and reserve for cocktails.  Make individually or for ease, in a pitcher. Garnish with pomegranate seeds!


Top with ginger ale, sparkling water or fruit juice of your choice for a non-alcoholic punch.

Top with Sparkling Wine for an 'adult-beverage'.  Cointreau or Ginger Liquor would also add extra intensity of flavor.

nesting details

pysansky egg favors

 A wishing tree ...

a family heirloom for Baby Murphy

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