Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Enchanted Rose Cocktail

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Hey there!  Welcome to a new type of post on Young Adult Disney!  The "Disney at Home" category.    Since trips to Disney tend to be expensive, and us 20-somethings can't always go for one reason or another, these posts (of various types) will be adult-like ways to still experience our love of Disney, but from the comfort of our own home.


This past Friday I had a few friends over to de-stress from classes and watch Beauty and the Beast.  To accompany our screening, I made this cocktail, which I called The Enchanted Rose.
It's pretty simple, you just need the following:
  • 3/4 ounce (half a shot) grenadine (mine was homemade, directions to follow)
  • 1 1/2 ounce (one shot) Bacardi, or other light rum
  • 1/2 cup Sprite or other lemon lime soda
  • Strawberries, for garish
To start, add the grenadine and rum to the glass.  Mix them together (feel free to do this in a shaker if you're making a few at once).  This allows the grenadine to thin out a bit so that it mixes better with the Sprite, and doesn't stay syrupy on the bottom of the glass.  Then slowly pour the Sprite on top of the mixture.

To cut the strawberry into a rose, just thinly slice the edges, working inward, until you are satisfied with the shape.  I watched this video to help me figure it out.  Cut a slide into the bottom of the strawberry and slip it on the edge of the glass, and that's it!  You're done!

I really enjoyed the bubbles in this drink from the Sprite.  It reminded me of the petals falling from the rose throughout the movie.
Also, if you're interested in making a drinking game from this, we were drinking when the following happened:
  • The characters sang
  • A word was said in French
  • Belle changed her dress
  • A petal fell

I also wore my Beauty and the Beast tank from Hot Topic.  Theming is everything.

The countdown.

OH!  And the homemade grenadine recipe!  You'll need 100% pomegranate juice (like POM Wonderful) and sugar.  I know, the pomegranate thing is weird, but apparently, though it tastes like cherry, grenadine is actually made with pomegranate!

Anyway, add 1/4 cup sugar to 1 cup of pomegranate juice and allow to boil until it thickens a bit.  It can be stored for a month in the fridge.

I recommend the homemade grenadine because it seemed to keep the red color pretty dark, whereas store-bought grenadine might leave it looking a bit more pinkish.


And that's it!
So tell me, did you like this type of post?  Would you like to see more like this?  What movie should I base my next cocktail on?  Let me know in the comments!






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