The star of the party was definitely my jalapeño-infused Pomegranate Margaritas. In wintertime, I love taking cocktails usually associated with summer and reclaiming them for the holiday season. With some winter fruit and a bit of bite, margaritas are an unexpectedly perfect winter party drink.
To make these margaritas in a big batch, I highly recommend a Costco run (they have every ingredient). Here's what you'll need to make them:
4 Lonsam Carafes from IKEA (only $2.49 each!)
1 Liter Cazadores Reposado Tequila
2 cups Triple Sec
2 cups fresh lime juice
4 cups pomegranate juice
4 cups simple syrup
1.5 cups fresh pomegranate seeds, for garnish
Lime slices from about 5 limes, for garnish
The morning of your party, pour the liter of tequila in one of the carafes. Slice the jalapeños in half, removing the seeds. Drop the four slices into the tequila carafe, cover with plastic wrap, and stick in the fridge.
1 hour before the party, make your margaritas in bulk. Add the following in each carafe:
1/2 cup jalapeño-infused tequila
1/4 cup triple sec
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup simple syrup
Cover each carafe with plastic wrap, stick in the fridge, and you're ready to go. I set up a DIY drink station for guests with pomegranate seeds and lime slices so they could serve themselves (under a gold glitter TREAT YO SELF banner I custom ordered from etsy).
Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle would have been proud.
p.s. If you have no idea who Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle are, click here and here.