Pomegranate Rosemary Royale – The Ultimate Winter Drink

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Pomegranate Rosemary Royale

I came across the perfect winter drink the other day and because it is so perfect I feel compelled to share it with you. It’s the Pomegranate Rosemary Royale by Cooking Light, a mix of pomegranate juice, rosemary-infused simple syrup and champagne. What makes this cocktail perfect for a snowy winter evening is the pine tree-like flavor of the rosemary syrup in combination with the juicy and fruity pomegranate. To me, it tastes like a winter wonderland – fantastic. If you want to you can garnish the drink with a sprig of fresh rosemary and then the red and green color scheme makes it perfect for Christmas.


Food Photography and Styling: The wet surface in this photo is quite authentic; I poured and emptied the glass a dozen or so times and not once did I not spill a bunch of champagne all over the place…but in the end, I actually quite liked the messiness.

As for the invisible champagne bottle: I hadn’t actually planned for it to disappear in this shot; initially I had wanted to use a gray background that would have kept the black bottle visible but I ended up not liking the look of the gray at all and used black instead. I’m not crazy about vanishing items in a food photo but since the opening of the bottle was still clearly legible I thought it turned out all right. Definitely not my favorite shot, but all right. What do you think? Are you unsettled by the lack of a bottle? Did you have a split second of trouble figuring out what was going on in this shot? (It’s impossible for me to look at it with a fresh perspective because after all I know where I held the bottle, so I would love to hear what your first impression was). As always, I used my strobe to light the set and flags to partially block the light for a dark, moody and dramatic look.

Camera Settings: Nikon D600, 105mm, f/8, 1/125 sec., ISO 100. One Hensel Integra Pro Plus 500 Monolight, 35″ x 58″ Softbox.


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Pomegranate Rosemary Royale Recipe

serves 2

by Cooking Light


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons roughly chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 cups Champagne



  1. Hop on over to Cooking Light for directions.
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  1. Bob Linton says:

    It did take me a split second to figure out what was going on, but aren’t those the most interesting photographs? I agree about the messiness. I think it gives the shot a sense of action. Well done.

    • Nicole B. says:

      You are so right, unusual is interesting, that makes me feel better about this photo! Happy Holidays to you and yours, Bob! :)

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