Have a POMtastic Holiday Season

I know, I know. It’s a little early. I’m like Target and Home Depot, bringing out my holiday wares with Halloween barely over. But I couldn’t help myself. I got a tasty package of POM Wonderful Pomegranate juice in the mail a little while ago, and knew I had to make a cocktail.

I could have done something a little more autumn inspired – a POM/Pear martini or a POM hot cider, but before you know it, the holidays will be here. And everyone will be looking for a cool signature drink to serve at their holiday parties and then you’ll be so happy I posted this! You know I love my cocktails, and this one made me quite happy! The POM spice syrup is nice and, well, spicy, and the gin, ginger liqueur and pine liqueur (that’s right, pine liqueur) compliment it nicely. Fresh basil leaves for garnish make this drink the seasonally appropriate red and green, and best of all, it just tastes good. Now, if you don’t have pine liqueur, you’ve got two options. One, you can get some. Which, really, you should. ‘Cause it’s awesome. Two, you could add some extra woodsy flavors by muddling them in your martini shaker. I’d try rosemary. It won’t be exactly the same, but it will be close. And still tasty, I promise.

I’m going to be posting a few POM recipes over the next few weeks, and figured I would post all of the health benefit related info about POM in a post other than for a cocktail. That seemed sort of wrong. So, instead I’ll just tell you that POM has a wonderfully tart, refreshing flavor that pairs perfectly with the peppery, hot notes from the star anise, nutmeg and ginger. Serve this up at your next party or the next night your throwing a party for yourself! You’ll love it 🙂

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Ingredients:
(serves 4)

1/4 c. gin
1/4 c. ginger liqueur
1/8 c. Zirbenz pine liqueur
1/2 c. POM juice
1/4 c. POM spice syrup (recipe follows)
splashes of tonic water

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Directions:

combine first 5 ingredients in a martini shaker with ice
shake vigorously for 1 minute
pour into a highball glass filled with ice, leaving about 1/2 an inch at the top
top with tonic water
garnish with basil
serve (with gingersnap cookies, flannel pjs and project runway!)

pomegranate cocktail drink
pomegranate cocktail drink

POM Spice Syrup:
12 ounces of POM juice
1 whole star anise
1/2 of a whole nutmeg (or 2 tsp. ground nutmeg. I just had 1/2 a nutmeg laying around.)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
pinch of cardamom
2 tbsp. brown sugar

Directions:

combine all ingredients in a sauce pot and stir thoroughly
bring to a simmer
simmer 10-12 minutes, until reduced by half
strain and cool

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