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.Print
- 8 ounces pomegranate syrup (recipe below)
- 8 ounces bourbon
- 8 ounces apple cider
- 1 orange
- 8 cinnamon sticks
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog 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.
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 recipe 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.