Pomegranate + Gin Cocktail [a holiday take on the "Martinez"]

Pomegranate + Gin Cocktail

I’m all about holiday baking, but what I really love are holiday cocktails. Bring on the cookies and cakes and pies…as long as you don’t forget to pour a little something special in my glass.

This Pomegranate + Gin Cocktail brings all the Christmas and New Years’ vibes – deep red color, bright gin, and sweet pomegranate flavor with a touch of orange from the Cointreau. It's inspired by the "Martinez," a cocktail that I didn't even know existed until about a month ago, but one that has quickly become a favorite.

Think of a Martinez like the perfect middle ground between a Manhattan (whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Angostura bitters) and a Martini (gin, dry vermouth). And just like with the Manhattan and Martini, there are a million variations of the Martinez. 

A traditional Martinez uses Old Tom gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and orange bitters, although there are a thousand recipes out there with slightly varying ingredients and proportions. Because of the addition of pomegranate juice, I wouldn't quite call my version below a Martinez, but with the gin, vermouth, and bitters, you can definitely see a family resemblance. 

It’s the holiday season in a glass, and it doesn’t get much better than that. Cheers!

(To geek out a bit more on the Martinez Cocktail, check out this article from Saveur.)

Pomegranate + Gin Cocktail
Pomegranate + Gin Cocktail
Pomegranate + Gin Cocktail
Pomegranate + Gin Cocktail
Pomegranate + Gin Cocktail

Pomegranate + Gin Cocktail
Yields 1 drink

2 ounces gin
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce 100% pomegranate juice*
½ ounce Cointreau
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Strip of lemon zest and pomegranate arils
Ice

Put a cocktail glass in the freezer while you mix together the drink.

Add the gin, vermouth, pomegranate juice, Cointreau, and bitters to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir with a spoon for at least 15 seconds.

Remove the glass from the freezer, and rub the rim with a strip of lemon zest. Drop the zest in the glass.

Strain the cocktail from the shaker into the cold glass, and add a fresh ice cube and pomegranate arils. Serve and enjoy!

*Add more pomegranate juice if you prefer a sweeter cocktail. You can also top the drink off with sparkling water if you want to tone down the alcohol. 


This recipe was originally featured at Lark + Linen.


Meyer Lemon + Pomegranate Tom Collins [featuring Sonoma Syrup Co.]

Meyer Lemon + Pomegranate Tom Collins

Warm weather is here! Living in the Chicago area, I'm sure we'll still get a few cold and wet days ahead, but I'm guessing the snow is behind us (hopefully!). That means it's time to fire up the grill, pull out the yard games and grab a cold beverage - like this Meyer Lemon + Pomegranate Tom Collins. 

Meyer Lemon + Pomegranate Tom Collins

A Tom Collins is typically made with lemon juice, simple syrup, gin and club soda. This recipe adds a touch of pomegranate juice and uses Meyer lemons, which are less tangy and slightly sweeter than regular lemons. For even more lemon-y goodness, I used Sonoma Syrup Co.'s Meyer Lemon Infused Simple Syrup. If you're looking for a refreshing, summery cocktail, this is it. 

Meyer Lemon + Pomegranate Tom Collins
Meyer Lemon + Pomegranate Tom Collins

Are you heading outside this weekend? What's your favorite drink for warm weather days?


Meyer Lemon + Pomegranate Tom Collins
Yields 1 cocktail

2 ounces gin
1 ounce Meyer lemon juice
½ ounce pomegranate juice (make sure you use 100% pomegranate juice)
½ ounce simple syrup, such as Sonoma Syrup Co.'s Meyer lemon simple syrup
2-3 ounces club soda
Ice
Meyer lemon wedge for garnish

Combine gin, lemon juice, pomegranate juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice and shake. 

Strain into a highball or Collins glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a wedge of Meyer lemon.    

Quick Tip: If you can't find Meyer lemons, you can use regular ones. You may want to increase the amount of simple syrup since Meyer lemons are sweeter. 


Simple syrup for feature was provided by Sonoma Syrup Co. All opinions are 100% my own.

Blood Orange Boston Sour

Blood Orange Boston Sour

In addition to the Manhattan, Old Fashioned and a few others, the Whiskey Sour is no doubt one of the quintessential whiskey cocktails. It's relatively simple as far as mixed drinks go, requiring just lemon juice, sugar, whiskey and a cherry or lemon garnish. If you haven't ever tried this classic, I highly recommend it. But of course, I couldn't help but change things up a little. 

Blood Orange Boston Sour
Blood Orange Boston Sour

This recipe for a Blood Orange Boston Sour finds its roots in the Whiskey Sour, but adds freshly squeezed blood orange juice and an egg white. Yes. You read that correctly. Egg white (which is what makes it a "Boston Sour").

Blood Orange Boston Sour

I remember the first time I had a cocktail with an egg white in it. I read the description on the menu of one of our favorite restaurants and was definitely a little weirded out. I took the plunge and ordered it anyway...and I'm so glad I did! Egg whites add a slight fizz and a layer of froth, providing texture to the drink that's hard to replicate with any other ingredient.

And when it's shaken up with lemon, blood orange and bourbon? You've got the perfect balance between refreshing and warming, smooth and effervescent, sweet and tart. 

Blood Orange Boston Sour

Blood Orange Boston Sour
Yields 1 cocktail

2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce freshly squeezed blood orange juice
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce egg white (requires about 1 small egg)*
Ice
Orange slice

Add the bourbon, orange juice, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with the orange slice. Serve and enjoy!

*Use fresh eggs if possible, or if you prefer to avoid the raw egg, you can leave it out. You won't have the frothiness of a Boston Sour, but you'll still have a delicious Blood Orange Whiskey Sour.