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It is pomegranate season at the moment in Melbourne. I love pomegranates – have done ever since Nigella explained how to get the little squishy jewels out with a few firm whacks with a wooden spoon – and have been enjoying them sprucing up dinners with those shiny red studs.
I’ve also seen them scattered on the ground at the feet of trees in several of my neighbours’ gardens, but they’re never quite close enough to, you know, share. At least the birds can enjoy them!
And what about drinking it? I like it – not too sweet and not too sharp – and I like that pomegranate is good for you. And you know I have recently been on a health drink kick.
But you can’t be so good ALL the time! Bickford’s asked me to make a vintage-inspired cocktail, and, of course, of their six premium juices, I went with pomegranate. With 100% juice, it’s perfect for it!
And it’s really easy too. No faffing about with a zillion ingredients, although I hope you are better prepared, glassware wise, than me, and have champagne glasses... which leads us to the ingredients!
Champagne, pomegranate juice, raspberries/strawberries.
And that’s it! Pour a nice glass of bubbly, top with pomegranate juice, and drop in a berry or two. It’s pink and it’s tasty – both are good!
But I couldn’t just leave it at that. I saw that there is a prune juice in the Bickford’s range and I LOVE prunes! I know, I know, they’re not very fashionable to like – people always ask if you’re, you know, feeling ok if you mention you eat them, and yes, I am quite fine, thank you! I just really like that intense, sticky sweet flavour, along with figs and dates. It’s just so syrupy good!
So I tried the prune juice neat and I liked it.
I then mixed it with the coconut juice and it was really good – it made a nice, lighter kind of mocktail. Babycat is convinced and wants to try it too.
It got me thinking... of another potential cocktail.
While I wasn’t asked to do this, I like a challenge – and making prune juice palatable in a cocktail is definitely a challenge, in my books! – and it was actually quite easy. Just prune juice, coconut juice and rum. I wanted to add an umbrella but my supermarket didn’t have any – don’t they know the importance of a tiny paper umbrella?! – so you’ll have to go with me on this. I dare you to try it, I think you might like it! I’m serious!
AND YOU CAN BE MORE COCKTAIL READY THAN ME – I'M HAVING A GIVEAWAY!
I have: 1 x Bickford’s prize pack (worth $150 RSP) to give away:
• 6 Bottles of Bickford’s Premium Super fruit Juices (one of each flavour)
• A Crystal Set of 6 Cocktail Glasses from Wheel & Barrow
• ICE BUCKET Double Wall S/S 1.3L Black/Silver from Wheel & Barrow
• Ice Tongs from Wheel & Barrow
• Straw Spoon from Wheel & Barrow
Cocktail glasses! I could do with some of those, too.
SO. To enter, I want you to tell me:
what cocktail would you create using one of the following Bickford’s juices:
Superberry Antioxidant Juice
and where would it take us? I like to think my prune-coconut-rum concoction is rather tropical, and yet good for winter.
To enter you must be 18 or over and an Australian resident. Please leave me your email address! Full terms and conditions here. Good luck – and have fun with it!
Also, let me know – I have to ask – what do you think of prunes, and prune juice? Are we ready to help them drop their dark image?!