Pomegranate Spice “Hygge” Cocktail

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When Alex surprised me with the idea of an add-on cocktail to our Thanksgiving menu, I was all in. He’s the mixologist of the two of us and I’m a willing guinea pig. He mixed it up for me live in our latest podcast, so I was a bit nervous as I took the first sip. Luckily it hit the spot: sweetly spiced and, well, cozy.

Have you heard of hygge (pronounced hoo-ga)? Alex and I first hear the word here and it’s captured our imagination ever since. It’s the Danish word for coziness, and the strategy behind how they get through the cold, dark winter months: roaring fires, fuzzy sweaters, warm cider, lighting candles, playing games with friends and family. I absolutely love that there’s a word for this concept. For us right now, it’s coming home after a long day at work, putting on sweats and snuggling with blankets and Luna as we watch a favorite show. Over the holidays, it will be laughing with family over games, hot cocoa, and of course this cocktail. Because it there’s anything that tastes like hygge, it’s this smooth, ruby red spiced drink.

Have you heard of hygge, and if so, have you tried it? This is going to be our strategy for getting through the cold months ahead – we’ll let you know how it goes!

PS We shared a bit on Instagram, but our hearts are heavy with the recent world events: tragedies  both here in Indianapolis and around the world in places like Beirut and Paris. We are grieving with so many of you today; sending warms thoughts and prayers of peace and reconciliation. 

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Honey Bourbon “Hygge” Cocktail


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 8 drinks

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces pomegranate syrup (recipe below)
  • 8 ounces bourbon
  • 8 ounces apple cider
  • 1 orange
  • 8 cinnamon sticks

Instructions

  1. For each drink, combine 1 ounce each of the pomegranate syrup, bourbon, and apple cider. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and 1 cinnamon stick.

 

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Pomegranate Syrup


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 8 ounces

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 100% pomegranate juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1-inch nub of peeled fresh ginger (Tip: peel the ginger using a spoon)
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan, except for ½ cup of the pomegranate juice. Bring to a simmer and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in another ½ cup pomegranate juice. Pour into a sealable container and refrigerate until the mixture comes to room temperature.

 

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.

13 Comments

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    Allyson
    November 16, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I love the concept of hygge. I’ve heard that hygge can include reading a good book alone, or lingering at a dinner with friends, or catching up over coffee. I’m based in Minneapolis, which has long, cold, hard winters. I’ll definitely be embracing hygge to celebrate winter, because if I don’t celebrate it I’ll just be enduring it.

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      Sonja
      November 25, 2015 at 11:29 am

      I’m from Minneapolis area originally – have we discussed this before?! Hygge must be how Minnesotans make it through the winter — I’ve lived in Indiana for the past 11 years and have definitely become much more of a wimp when it comes to winter :) Even here, I’ll need to up my hygge this year to make it through!

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    Christiana
    November 16, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Hygge season is the best! I live in Copenhagen – and the spirit of Hygge is a spectacular approach to winter. :) Gløgg is another hyggelig (the adjective of hygge) & delicious drink to eat fireside or in the company of lots of candles and good friends.

    I love your blog and have been following it for quite sometime (I used to live in Indy and JD introduced me to your blog years ago!). Let me know if you ever want to hear more about hygge! I can always put you in contact with some danes over here. :)

    Warmly (or hyggelig, rather),
    Christiana

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      Sonja
      November 25, 2015 at 11:31 am

      Ahh, our very own hygge expert! This is so fun – thank you so much for commenting. We would love to hear more about hygge – a more in depth convo may make it onto the podcast!? :) Do you have any Danes who have a particular expertise in hygge? :) Let us know. Thank you so much for reading! (PS Love your name! My family is Norwegian so I’ve always had a fascination with Nordic names.)

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    Sarah | Well and Full
    November 16, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    What a beautiful + warming cocktail! I’ve been starting to foray a bit into the world of mixed drinks myself and it’s fascinating how drinks can be as complex as food. I think my first cocktail ever was a vodka cranberry at my college bar… not a good start! This is certainly a far cry from that and I can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 25, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Haha! Yes, we’re intrigued by the complexity of drinks too. (Speaking of, your recent smoothie drink looks fab.)

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    Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table
    November 17, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Hygge is one of my favourite concepts, and bourbon is my favourite alcohol… So clearly, this cocktail and I are a match made in liquor heaven. It would be perfect at Thanksgiving, but also at the opening to any holiday cocktail party. This is one recipe I will definitely try

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      Sonja
      November 25, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Let us know if you give it a try! You’re right, I think this would work for the holiday season too! What are your other favorite cocktails with bourbon or others?

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak
    November 17, 2015 at 10:34 am

    This sounds so good! I’m seriously thinking about making this for my family’s Thanksgiving this year. Thanks for a great recipe! And I love that name so much.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 25, 2015 at 11:36 am

      So excited for you to try this. Let us know what your family thinks — hopefully it can bring some hygge! :)

  • Reply
    Ashley
    November 17, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Stunning photos!!!!! Loved hearing Sonja try this on air. :)

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 25, 2015 at 11:36 am

      Thank you! I was a little nervous, but not TOO nervous since Alex is a pretty good mixologist :)

  • Reply
    Jessica
    December 12, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Do you strain the syrup before storing? Can’t wait to bring this to our family at Christmas!

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