Now kids, if you're not 21, you shouldn't make the following. I'm just talking to the legal. (But don't worry, there is a modification for you all down below so you can pretend.)
I'm going to be pairing up drinks you can try out with YA books! Makes a lot of sense, right? I figure though since half of us are probably no longer teens still reading teen books this could be a lot of fun!
And first up this Friday, I'm dreaming of warmer days ahead with Huntley Fitzpatrick's What I Thought Was True. The drink I'm pairing with it is called a Pomegranate Sunrise. It's pretty inexpensive to make, and you should have a couple of these (at least) in your kitchen already.
This book comes out on April 15, and if it's not on your radar yet, it NEEDS TO BE. I've already reviewed it, but I am definitely looking forward to other people reading it so we can finally chat about it.
So you're supposed to use pomegranate syrup and the sugar to make a sort of molasses type substance, but it said to find that at a middle eastern store. Since I'm in Evansville, Indiana, there is no such thing, so I had to improvise.
What I did was mix a half cup of pomegranate juice with a half cup of sugar, heat it up in a sauce pan until it gets thicker and a little bit more syrup-y.
Then you mix all the other stuff together, add ice (if you want) and pour the "syrup" over it. You can put a little mint leaf on top (you're supposed to) but my store was out, so alas, no mint :(
Note that the recipe above is for TWO drinks. That's why I halved it. It was in the middle of the afternoon when I made it :)
Why Did I Pick These?
The first is the obvious one, because this takes place in a seaside town, and the pretty drink matches the pretty feel of the beach.
But it's more than that. The mint and the sweet fruits in this drink make me think of the woman Gwen takes care of all summer — sophisticated, cool, and refreshing. She's got kind of a whimsical and unique flavor, and that's exactly what this drink is. Fun and summery with a fruity, minty taste for a one-of-a-kind drink.
Here is my version! I think it turned out pretty good (it was DELICIOUS), I was pleased with the color fading, though I thought it'd be a little pinker. It was like a bubbly, carbonated, tangy mimosa sort of drink.
If you're of the under-21 group, here's a modified version you can still enjoy and make a pretty drink with the rest of us!
2 cups tangerine juice
A dash of lime juice
4 oz. pomegranate juice
1 oz. simple syrup
garnish with mint
Place tangerine juice, lime juice, and simple syrup in a pitcher filled with ice, and stir to combine.
Divide the mixture between two glasses
Slowly pour pomegranate juice over the back of a spoon into the tangerine mixture, creating a layered effect. (Disclaimer: I haven't tried this one, so you're on your own as far as figuring out the taste :)
Do you like my new Friday Feature?! You should tweet pictures at me or use Instagram, my username for both is @happybooklovers. I want this to be interactive, so I'd love you all to participate! use hashtags #FridayBookDrinks and send them my way! I'd love to feature them and retweet/post etc.