A recipe for an easy Holiday cocktail that has Bundaberg Ginger Beer, white rum, pomegranate juice, muddled rosemary, and lemon juice. This Rudolph’s Night Off is perfect for holiday entertaining or holiday drinking. Recipe is for ages 21+, please drink responsibly.
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When I was 6, I got the impression that Santa wasn’t real. In an order to keep the magic of Christmas alive, my Mother devised a plan to provide me with hard hitting “evidence”. We wrote Santa and rather than asking for presents, we asked Rudolph for one of his reindeer bells. On Christmas morning, I woke up to “hoof” prints all over the snow and one of “Rudolph’s” bells right on our front door. That glitter bombed bell added on two more years of “believing” and 90’s esq Mall Santa photos to our album.
As an adult, I can only imagine it took the power of spiked coffee to get my Mother up before her youngest child (achem, me.) and into the Virgina snow, to pretend to be Rudolph. So, that’s today’s cocktail. It’s for all the Rudolph’s out there spending Christmas Eve wrapping gifts, stomping in the snow, and keeping the Holiday’s magical. This refreshing Rudolph’s Night Off cocktail mixes pomegranate juice and muddled rosemary. It’s then topped off with Bundaberg Ginger Beer to give it a spicy and crisp finish for easy sipping. This Australian brew is my go to ginger beer for Moscow Mules and Bucks. They’ve found the right balance of ginger to sweetness in their brew by using real locally grown ginger to make it. This cocktail ends up fancy enough for holiday parties but also easy enough to make for “Rudolph” on a much needed night off. Let’s get into how to make it.
HOW TO MAKE RUDOLPH’S NIGHT OFF
This cocktail is another easy but impressive drink. All it takes it white rum, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, and a rosemary sprig into a cocktail shake. You’ll muddle the rosemary in the liquids until it becomes heavily fragrant. Then you’ll fill the cocktail shaker full of ice and shake for 15 shakes. Strain it into a highball filled with ice, top it off with Bundaberg Ginger Beer and serve. You can garnish with a rosemary spring and pomegranate seeds.
To get the seeds out of the pomegranate, I hit the outside of it hard with the back of bar spoon until the seeds start to fall out.
- 2 - 4 ounces Bundaberg Ginger Beer
- 2 ounces White Rum
- 2 ounces Pomegranate Juice
- 1/2 ounce Lemon Juice
- 1 Rosemary Sprig
Into a cocktail shaker add to it the white rum, pomegranate juice, lemon juice, and rosemary sprig. Muddle until the rosemary becomes fragrant.
Fill shaker with ice to the liquid line. Shake for 15 shakes. Strain into a highball filled with ice and top off with Bundaberg Ginger Beer.
Serve with a separate rosemary sprig and pomegranate seeds on top.
Ohh Rudolph. Whether you’re Mom, Dad, or anyone else, you deserve all the delicious cocktails one can make you. I’ll never forget this Holiday memory and what it means to me. I’ll also not forget how delicious this cocktail turned out. While it’s beautiful enough for Holiday entertaining, I do see myself sipping it long after they have gone. I just love how the tart pomegranate and lemon plays with spicy ginger.
If you would like to get your hands on Bundaberg Ginger Beer you can here by their product locator.
They also make some other fantastic flavors like Root Beer, Pink Grapefruit, and Blood Orange. Though I think Lemon, Lime, and Bitters is calling my name the most. I am definitely going to be on the lookout for it.
What is a Holiday memory that you love to celebrate? I know, I’ll never forget this one. Cheers!