The Basil-Granate

Difficulty: Easy

Serves 2

Have y’all recovered from the Christmas chaos? I hope so, because it’s time to get preppin’ for New Year’s Eve! I rarely ever find myself doing anything particularly exciting on December 31st but it’s always fun to have a few drinks so I’ve invented a cocktail just for the occasion.

The Basil-Granate is fruity, fresh and fun plus it’s easy to throw together. Don’t do alcohol? Just leave it out and you’ll still have a tasty mocktail in your hand all night long. Here’s to 2016, I’ve got so many exciting things to share with you all in the New Year!


  • 1/4 pomegranate
  • 1 lime
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 shots vodka
  • 2 shots Cointreau
  • Fresh Basil
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • Soda water

Basil Granate


  1. Start by cutting your pomegranate into smaller pieces and submerging in a bowl of water to remove the seeds without the mess. Drain and put the seeds aside.
  2. Cut the lime in half and put aside with the pomegranate.
  3. Evenly divide the pomegranate seeds between two short glasses.
  4. Press a cluster of basil leaves in your palm to release the flavour and place in the glasses also.
  5. Cut the remaining lime into 4 wedges, chuck them in the glasses too before filling with crushed ice.
  6. In a cocktail shaker, combine the pomegranate juice, vodka and Cointreau with the juice of half a lime. Shake well.
  7. Pour evenly between the two glasses before filling with soda water.
  8. Garnish with additional basil and lime if desired.