Pomegranate Martini

Pomegranate MartiniThe Pomegranate Martini is a fairly new development in the cocktail world. The popularity of pomegranate juice both for flavor and antioxidants made this one inevitable. Because this particular mixed drink is new, there are a lot of variations on it. I’m going to present several of them, and once you see how many options you have, you can go to town coming up with your own.

Purists note: these really should be called “pomegranate cocktails”, because true martinis contain gin and vermouth. But these days, people call almost anything a martini. I figure drinking is about relaxing, not semantics, so I’m using the better-known term, inaccurate though it may be.

Recipe

  • 1 ounce vodka or gin
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau or the juice of one orange, lemon or lime
  • 3 ounces pomegranate juice

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with orange peel or a lime wedge or whatever.

The above version makes a very standard cocktail with the traditional 1.5 ounces of alcohol. To make this drink stronger, use 2 ounces of vodka or gin and 2 ounces of pomegranate juice. Some people use citrus-flavored vodka rather than plain. There’s no end to all the ways you can play with this recipe and still come up with a fabulous drink – as long as you like pomegranate juice.

If you’re serving these for guests, you can pre-mix a pitcher of this cocktail. Unless you know all your guests prefer a stronger cocktail, start with the above alcohol ratio (so you end up with 1.5 ounces of alcohol in each cocktail). When pouring for a guest who likes it stronger, just pour an ounce of vodka or gin into the glass before pouring in the pre-mixed cocktail.

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