I'm so excited to be posting today. And not just because I'm posting a cocktail, ha ha. Today's post is brought to you by my Christmas present!
No, I didn't get a bottle of vodka or a pomegranate for Christmas. I besieged my family for Amazon gift cards for Christmas, all so I could pool them together and buy myself something I would use for years to come. Any guesses?
All right, here it is-
I got a new lens for my camera :-)
Here's the status of my camera- As most of you know, this is a small blog. A very, very, very small blog. I don't advertise, and I don't make money off the blog. It's strictly my hobby. Therefore, it makes sense that I don't sink a lot of money into my blog. Maybe if it were my job it would make sense to invest. Right now, it just doesn't. That doesn't mean I don't crave awesome equipment, though. It doesn't stop me from wishing my camera was better, or that my lens had a better range, or even that my lens captured better light. Because trust me, I do. About a year and a half ago, I invested in a small artificial light for my photo shoots, and I've been pleased as punch. I love that light. It's the best thing that's happened to my food photography. But, since I have a basic camera, I had 2 starter lenses to work with, and that was it. The hubby can't believe how good I got with my 2 starter lenses, but I'd traveled as far as I could go with them. They simply had limitations that I could do nothing about.
Enter the 60mm.
I'm in love with my new lens. LOVE! I told the hubby that I didn't know how to describe it, but this lens just seems to have more... er... range? It's designed perfectly to take in a wide shot while easily blurring out the background.
Case in point- beverages. In the past, I haven't done a ton of beverages because my lens had difficulties taking in the whole glass. It just wasn't designed for such a close-up of a long object. But now, just look at that glass!
Bevvies, here I come! Cocktails, mocktails, smoothies, milkshakes, parfaits, trifles, and more! I can't wait! In the meantime though, let's talk about Pomegranate Lime Cosmos-
Oh, by the way, this is my bucket of shot glasses. I recently got it down from the teep-top of my kitchen cupboards. Because, you know, the hubby and I don't really do many shots anymore. Anyhoo, I retrieved it to make jello shots for the Oregon Bowl Game (grrrrr) and was shocked, shocked I tell you, to discover I have no University of Oregon shot glasses. How the heck did that happen? A situation that must be remedied soon!
So I chose a plain shot glass. I guess I could have used my Steeler's one :-)
Here's what else you are going to need for this lip-smackin' cocktail (another one of those superlatives, ha ha)-
Pomegranate arils (optional, but oh-so fun!)
I combined all ingredients (minus the soda!) in my shaker. Give it a nice little shake, shake. Then open the shaker and take in the lovely aroma that bursts forth. Yum! Add a splash of soda to the shaker, stir, and then pour the cocktail over ice.
And here's a reason to use those Pomegranate arils- they are soooooo good for you! Check out some of the advantages of Pomegranate here:
I added about a tablespoon of arils to both cups. Because it looks pretty, it's fun, and gosh darnit, I just wanted to!
I had great fun creating this cocktail. Indeed, the hubby got home from work to find the wife a little silly :-}
Cocktails. One of my favorite things to make for the blog, ha ha.
Happy Wednesday everyone!
Ingredients (makes 2 tall cocktails or 3 short cocktails):
2 ounces vodka
3 ounces pomegranate juice
1 ounce orange liqueur
1/2 tbsp lime juice
splash of lemon-lime soda
garnish- pomegranate arils, lime wedges (optional)
1. Combine vodka, pomegranate juice, orange liqueur, and lime juice in an ice-filled shaker. Place lid on shaker, and give it a good shake.
2. Remove lid, and pour splash of lemon-lime soda into shaker. Stir with a long spoon.
3. Fill 2 short glasses with ice. Spoon 1 tbsp pomegranate arils into each glass. Pour cocktail over ice. Garnish glasses with a lime wedge. Serve immediately!
If you liked this recipe, you may enjoy these-