Mystery House

You Are Virtually Invited…

….To a Virtual Dinner Party!

It’s potluck.  But you don’t have to bring anything, because I took care of that for you.  Ready for some fabulous Indian food?

The talented Monica Bhide has a new cookbook out, Modern Spice.  It’s way cool.  I was lucky enough to get an invitation to her virtual dinner party — perhaps the first event of its kind — and I do love a good dinner party.  It’s been quite a tiring and stressful week here at Casa Mystery, so I volunteered to bring an adult beverage.  Because I sure wanted one, and I thought maybe you would, too.

Pomegranate Delight

Doesn’t that look good?  It’s not just pretty, it’s tasty, too.  Here’s how to make it:

Pomegranate Delight, recipe courtesy of Monica Bhide

This drink is a gorgeous deep burgundy. You can use pomegranate liqueur too, if you like—add ¼ ounce (½ tablespoon).

Serves 1
Prep time: 5 minutes

¼ ounce (½ tablespoon) grenadine
½ ounce (1 tablespoon) store-bought pomegranate juice (see Note)
½ teaspoon sweetened lime juice such as Rose’s
1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) white rum
Ice as needed
4 ounces (½ cup) chilled club soda

Mix the grenadine, pomegranate juice, lime juice, and rum in a
tall glass. Add ice and the club soda and stir gently. Serve immediately.

My verdict?  Yum.  Perfect summer cocktail.  A sitting on the deck with your knitting before the mosquitos come out sort of cocktail.  It’s refreshing, light, tart and sweet, and doesn’t hit you too hard.  You can even knit lace while you sip it.  I love pomegranate juice, but I’d never tried it with rum  (only with vodka), and I loved it.  If you want more of an after-dinner drink, just leave out the club soda.  I tested it both ways.  Just doing my duty as a full-service drink tester, you know.  Heh.

Now I’m starving and curious what else is on the dinner menu.  I know Amy’s making a side dish.  (Amy introduced me to Monica.  Because she is cool.)  But I don’t know who else is cooking, so right around dinner time tonight, I’m going to check out Monica’s blog.  She’ll have links to all the other bringers-of-potluck, with recipes and photos, natch.  Be there or be square.  Or at least not well fed.  And that would be a crying shame, when there’s so much good food to be had.

Don’t forget about Monica’s book.  It’s worth adding to your shelf if you like Indian flavors.  I would not steer you wrong about a cookbook — surely you know that by now?  I’ve already got a list of recipes I want to try:  The Legendary Chicken 65, Pomegranate Shrimp (because no, I can’t leave pomegranate alone), Crabby Vermicelli, Garlic Smashed Potatoes, Saffron-Cardamom Macaroons.….drooling yet?


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  1. * marylou says:

    Just those names are making me hungry for Indian Food. Must check out that book.

    Posted 8 years, 9 months ago
  2. * Amy says:

    Very pretty!

    Posted 8 years, 9 months ago
  3. Suddenly, I’m very, very thirsty.
    This sounds like the perfect thirst quencher for Monica’s pot luck. Since we can’t meet in person, guess I’ll have to be my own bar tender. Hic…

    Posted 8 years, 9 months ago
  4. * deb says:

    Damn – I’m still out of rum. But maybe I’ll try it with vadka instead!!

    Posted 8 years, 9 months ago
  5. * bezzie says:

    If only I knew that wouldn’t get me wasted with one lousy sip (it’s been so long!) I’d be down. It looks delightful!
    And do you ever wonder if pomegranate would make a good yarn dye?

    Posted 8 years, 9 months ago
  6. * Guinifer says:

    I don’t know about taste – but I have to give you points for the photos – lovely.

    Posted 8 years, 9 months ago

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