Pomegranate Martini cocktail recipe

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The Pomegranate Martini has a number of variations, and they’re all delicious. This is one of those drinks you just about can’t mess up. The recipe I’m sharing with you is the standard – well, sort of.

Pomegranate Martini in cocktail glass

Most people make pomegranate martinis with vodka, but I’m saying “gin or vodka” because both can be terrific. The trick with gin is to pick a good one like Bombay Sapphire or Hendrick’s.

Closeup view of Pomegranate Martini in cocktail glass

There are a lot of other ways to tweak this drink. You could add  an ounce of club soda for some bubbles. Or you could add a touch of orange, lime or lemon juice. Pomegranate pairs well with chocolate in any form, so try a flourless chocolate cake with this drink. If you’re looking for something that’s more of a main course, dishes with a mole negro sauce, with notes of chocolate pepper, are wonderful with it.

Pomegranate Martini Recipe

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, you could 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 big batch of this cocktail in a pitcher. 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.