Monday, June 22, 2009

A cool idea from a groovy lady

Food writer Monica Bhide has come up with a nifty idea for promoting her excellent new book, Modern Spice - a virtual potluck dinner! And I'm in charge of drinks, unsurprisingly.

I went with Monica's Pomegranate Delight. It's a simple, refreshing summer cocktail, the pomegranate cutting the sweetness of the grenadine and rum. Quite a success, I'd say!

Here's how it's done:

Pomegranate Delight
Serves 1


1/4 ounce (1/2 tablespoon) grenadine
1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) store bought pomegrate juice (see Note)
1/2 teaspoon sweetened lime juice such as Rose's
1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) white rum
Ice as needed
4 ounces (1/2 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.

Note: You can use plain POM pomegranate juice for this recipe, or try one of the mixed varieties such as Pomegranate-Blueberry for an exotic-tasting cocktail. You can use pomegranate liqueur too, if you like - add 1/4 ounce (1/2 tablespoon.)

I drank two of these yesterday, very, very happily, while my husband slaved away at a borscht. The sun even came out! I credit the Pomegranate Delight.

Visit Monica's blog this evening and see who else is cyber-cooking what else from her fantastic, pretty much failsafe new book, Modern Spice.


Blogger O'Reilly said...

Julie, Julie and Julia. Browsing books in Harvard Coop... showed yours to A'85 friend and told him your story. "Cool," he said. Hoping he'll leave law practice and write.

7:31 AM  
Blogger Kelsey B. said...

Awesome! I love your post, this drink looks amazing. I had loads of fun doing the potluck with Monica, what a great idea. I think me making this cocktail right now would be a great idea, too.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Michael Patrick McKinley said...

Hey Julie!
A friend of mine recently loaned me a copy of Julie&Julia because he thought I'd enjoy it...I just finished it, and I LOVED IT!

Of course I'm excited about the movie now too, I just hope that Amy Adams "Julie Powell" isn't too sanitized!

I have a little project myself, and after reading your book, I couldn't help but draw a few I wrote a short piece about it on my blog.

Take care, and PLEASE give me something new to read soon!

7:28 AM  
Blogger vicki archer said... anything with pomegranate juice. xv

10:19 AM  
Blogger Hannah said...

That looks so tasty. I love pomegranite and booze, so I want to try this recipe out!

I just wanted to say thank you for writing your blog and your book. It's inspired me to do my own (different) challenge. It is not as interesting or brave as yours, but it is a challenge. So thanks, you really have inspired me. Plus, you're a very entertaining writer.

3:19 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

Hi Julie,
I really loved the pomegranate cocktails from MODERN SPICE -- I recently reviewed Monica's book for the Washingtonian. And have you tried the potato-peanut tikkis? Oh my god, AMAZING.

Anyway, I hate to approach you this way... and I know you must be busy and that the word "blurb" probably makes your heart sink. But I'm writing to ask if you might consider blurbing my first novel, which Harper Collins will publish in January. As you're also a young author, I'm hoping you'll understand the protective feelings for my book that compel me to ask you (even though I'm cringing inside).

I feel totally weird posting this here in your comments section but didn't see any other way to contact you. Anyway, if you might have time to take a look, send me an e-mail and I'll send you more info.

Thanks! (And sorry!)

9:38 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

sorry -- my e-mail is

9:40 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

That sounds so delicious! I love fruity mixed drinks, so I am adding this to my list :) Just found your blog, glad I did :)

5:21 PM  
Blogger EAT! said...

This sounds like my kind of drink. And you get the antioxidant benefints of pomegranate juice too.

7:36 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Stahl said...

Thank you. I intended to buy Julia Child's "My Life in France," and the cookbook a few months ago and got sidetracked. After seeing the trailer for the movie, not only did I buy the two books of Julia's, I also purchased yours and have throughly enjoyed reading them as my own project.
Not only was it enjoyable but it gave me a shove into my own pursuits. As a fellow writer, I must say how inspiring your project and story was. Best of luck.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Goodness, I love pomegranate in any incarnation. I believe this may just be the perfect summer drink!

5:14 AM  
Blogger Janice said...

That looks like the most delightful summer drink.I love pomegranates!

12:15 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

Yummm! Now just to pick up some Red Dye Free Grenadine and I'll be set!

6:40 PM  
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