Updated to add these great sounding drink recipes using pomegranate juice or pomegranate liquor:
- Oprah’s Pomegranate Martini
- The View’s Christmas Cheer
- Pomegranate Cocktail
- Pomegranate Manhattan
- Pomegranate-Ginger Champagne Cocktail
- Pomegranate with Prosecco
- Rumed Grenade
I was inspired by my Limoncello adventures this last Christmas and decided to continue to spread the joy of fruity alcohol to my friends. Having juicy pomegranates around was enough excuse to start this recipe steeping. Unlike the limoncello, this alcohol’s flavor comes from the juice of the fruit- a large portion of it cooked. The cooking of the juice resulted in a liquor flavor that is deep and almost spicy flavored, with hints of caramel. This would be wonderful served warm, steeped with oranges and cinnamon. A raw version of this libation could be made by combining pomegranate juice, simple syrup and vodka.
A week ahead of your liquor’s due date, combine the fruits of one pomegranate with one cup of vodka. Store this is a dark place, and rattle around every day or so. After two days, stick a spoon in there and smoosh up the pomegranate fruits a bit, releasing their juice into the vodka. Continue to bash around every day or so for a week.
Pomegranate Simple Syrup
In a sauce pan combine:
- fruit of 2 pomegranates
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 1/3 cups of water
Gently simmer mixture for 20 minutes. When the sugar has dissolved, and the syrup has simmered a bit, remove from heat and bash open the pomegranate fruits with the back of a spoon. Strain the syrup mixture and allow to completely cool.
Combine with the pomegranate vodka, and add 2 Tbs of Orange Flower Water. Keep refrigerated. Is wonderful in drinks mixed with Triple Sec and fizzy water.