A Beginner's Guide To Using Pomegranates In Cocktails
If you are looking to jazz up your home bar scene, look no further than your fruit basket. We are working with pomegranates! These little red powerhouses aren't just for sprinkling over your morning oats. They can be a dynamite addition to your cocktail toolkit. And don't worry, we're keeping things fresh, fun, and oh-so-sippable. So, let’s cut into these crimson delights and get our mixology gloves on.
First Off, Pomegranate Prep 101
Before we dive into the drinks, let's break down pomegranate prep. If you've ever tried wrestling with these fruits, you know it can be a bit of a puzzle. Here’s a no-fuss way: roll your pomegranate on the counter first to loosen it up, then slice it open. Hold it over a bowl, cut-side down, and tap it repeatedly with a spoon. And the seeds come falling out. To juice these, just squish the seeds through a strainer.
Pomegranate Martini: A Party in a Glass
Let's mix up our first concoction: the Pomegranate Martini. This one’s a breeze. Grab 50 ml Smirnoff Vodka, splash in some fresh pomegranate juice, and squeeze lime, because lime makes everything better. Shake it like you’re cheering on your favourite sports team, strain it into a chilled glass, and watch the magic happen. A bold combination of tart and tangy, it’s a straight-up crowd-pleaser.
Pomegranate Gin with Egg Foam
Feeling fancy? Let’s go for a gin and pomegranate mix. Combine 50 ml of Gordon’s Gin, a generous pour of pomegranate juice, one egg white, and just a touch of lemon juice. Shake them all together without ice—this is the secret to a firm egg foam. Shake it a second time with ice, and you will get a thick foam once you pour the drink through a strainer. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary, and you have an elevated cocktail.
The Pomegranate Whisky Tango: For the Bold at Heart
For something with a bit more oomph, try the Pomegranate Whisky Tango. Take 50 ml Johnnie Walker Black Label, mix in some pomegranate juice, and add a dash of lemon juice. Add a smidge of honey, because life’s better with a bit of sweetness. Stir it up, pour it over a big ol’ ice cube, and garnish with a twist of orange peel. It’s a cocktail with attitude and a hint of mystery.
Pomegranate Mocktail Magic: Everyone’s Invited
And let’s not forget a mocktail option. For a Pomegranate Mocktail that’s as fun to make as it is to drink, start with pomegranate juice, add a squeeze of fresh orange juice, and add a splash of soda water. You can swap out the soda for Gordon’s tonic water for a slight bitterness that will add complexity. Throw in a few pomegranate arils for extra flair. It’s fizzy and fruity, and it's a perfect opportunity for everyone to join the toast.
So there you have it—your starter kit for diving into the next happy hour with the goodness of pomegranate.