This adaptation of Oprah’s Pomegranate Martini has a hint of rosemary and real pomegranate seeds for an added dose of festive flavor.
Are you a garnish-er, or a garnish-less?
I think it’s pretty evident by the looks of the recipes I post on this old bloggity blog that I’ve become a garnish-more type of gal. You may say YAY!, you may say EW!, but either way, the garnish is my go-to, and not quite shockingly, cocktails have yet to escape my embellishing.
A dip of gold sugar here, a drop or two of fresh pomegranates there and a stir stick that’s fresh and fragrant are what make my seasonal Pomegranate Martini totally festive and bright.
This Pomegranate Martini is my monthly contribution to my friend Becky of The Vintage Mixer’s #eatseasonal round-up of recipes. Each month she challenges food bloggers to create recipes inspired by her Seasonal Produce Guide. Check out December’s list of seasonal delicious here.
Pomegranates figured prominently in this month’s list, and with plenty of toasting in my holiday plans I knew that this simple cocktail was definitely in order.
About the Recipe
The cocktail is one I’ve been making for years. I found it forever ago, after discovering it as being attributed to the one and only—OOOOOOprah. Is it one of her favorite things? I can’t imagine it isn’t.
Then after wandering around the web, as I am know to do, I found a recipe of Ina’s that had a lot of the same makings, but in quantities to toast to with a group, because who wants to drink alone?
This time around I didn’t have citrus flavored vodka on hand so I spiked the cocktail concoction with fresh lemon juice instead. A healthy dose of orange liqueur (oh, fancy, but not!) mellows and rounds out the flavors.
This drink is non-James Bond style. We’re not shaken, we’re stirred.
And onto the garnishes we go. Gold sugar for the rim, seasonal pomegranate seeds for bobbing, and a stir of fresh rosemary for the win.
Cocktail Making Essentials
I picked up a few new glasses for these drinks and this time around went stemless. Here are a few product ideas that’ll make your mixing mighty fine.
Pomegranate Martini Recipe
- 2 cups 16 ounces vodka
- 1 cup 8 ounces orange liqueur such as Cointreau
- 1 cup 8 ounces pomegranate juice
- 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Lemon twists from lemon peel
- Rosemary sprigs
Combine the vodka, orange liqueur, pomegranate juice, and lemon juice in a pitcher and refrigerate until ready to use. Dip rims of the martini glasses in a shallow bowl with 1/4 inch of water then roll rims in gold sugar. Fill martini glasses with pomegranate mixture, a tablespoon of pomegranate seeds, lemon twists and garnish with rosemary sprigs. Serve over ice if desired.
adapted from Oprah magazine
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