With my tail between my legs I must confess that I had never had a pomegranate until 2 weeks ago. I don’t know what possessed me, but I was doing our weekly grocery shopping and there they were. In the front of the produce section looking so beautiful with their reddish-pink color. It was a knee jerk reaction. I grabbed one and quickly put it in my cart. It sat on my counter for a few days while I tried to decide what to do with it and then I found the perfect recipe for a pomegranate martini. Hello, YUM! So I researched online how to open and de-pom a pomegranate and went to work. The seeds have the most wonderful color. They are like little seeds of happiness. I was able to de-seed my first pomegranate without too much juice loss (a triumph in and of itself, I am told). I threw about half of the seeds in my food processor and pureed the stuffing out of them. Next I dumped the juice, seeds, and pulp through a strainer into a bowl…and to my delight I saw that I had exactly 2 ounces of pomegranate juice, exactly the amount I need for my martini! I threw in a few other ingredients and took a sip. DELICIOUS. It was hard for me to believe that I made something so good. Usually when I mix drinks at home, they turn out good, but nothing like this! This is the first drink that I have made that I would easily pay $8 for at a bar. My kitten, Maci, enjoyed it too. HA! just kidding, but I did spare a sip for my fiancé, Jeremy 🙂
Another thing that I LOVE, is that it is ridiculously easy to make your own pomegranate juice. The pom juice that you can buy at the grocery store is loaded up with sugar. Who needs that?! The juice from pom seeds is sweet enough by itself. AND, there is something satisfying about making something from scratch and knowing that it is just as good and healthier than the store bought variety…
I cant wait to try other Pomegranate recipes. Any recommendations?
2 fluid ounces citron vodka
1 fluid ounce Cointreau or other orange liqueur
2 fluid ounces pomegranate juice
1/2 fluid ounce lemon juice
Pour the vodka, Cointreau, pomegranate juice, and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker over ice. Cover, and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted. Strain into a chilled martini glass to serve.