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Red Carpet Mocktail

The Red Carpet

Makes 2 – 3 cocktails on size of glass

1 cup pomegranate juice
3 Tbsp Grenadine (I make my own; recipe at http://www.creative-culinary.com/bacardi-cocktail-another-classic)
3 Tbsp Orange Simple Syrup (Mix 1/2 cup sugar with 1/4 cup strained orange juice; heat just until sugar dissolves and then cool before using for recipe)
Crushed Ice
Arils from 1 Pomegranate
Chilled Sparkling Water of your choice, plain or flavored. I used a lemon lime; not to be confused with something like 7-up which is much sweeter.
Orange twists for garnish

1. Chill glasses in the freezer.

2. Combine the Pomegranate juice, Grenadine and Orange simple syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 10-12 seconds.

3. Fill the cocktail glasses with crushed ice. Sprinkle a generous amount (approximately 2 Tablespoons) of Pomegranate arils over the ice and then fill each glass 3/4 full with the juice mixture. Finish by the filling glasses with sparkling water and garnish the top with an orange twist.