Pomegranate Mimosa

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For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!

For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!

I’m a huge fan of champagne. Its one of those drinks that tastes wonderful and gives me quite the buzz. It took me a few years spanning from my early 20s to my early 30s, but I’ve finally perfected the rate and volume at which I can consume champagne to reap the maximum benefit without any of the horrible side effects. There’s another life goal I can scratch off the list!

For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!

You know I’m a fan of pomegranates. Its one of those wondrous foods that I completely adore, yet didn’t try until I was well into my adulthood. You know, like beets. I’m not sure I had even heard of a pomegranate, as a matter of fact, until I had been adulting for a good decade or so. Then, once I saw one, it probably took a few years before I found the courage to actually crack one open and extract the seeds.

For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!

Now everyone knows mimosas are a classic drink, and I enjoy them morning, noon, and night. Who says they have to be a breakfast drink? Not me. But a basic OJ + champagne cocktail is boring, if you ask me. My secret ingredient to an amazing mimosa is a splash of Grand Marnier. Then, you can totally play around with your creativity and make cocktails like this one. Why not try a grapefruit mimosa?  That’s another favorite.

For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!

The best part about this drink, in my opinion, are the pomegranate seeds soaking on top. If you ask me, a bowl of fresh pomegranate seeds soaking in champagne should be considered a complete meal.

For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!

Watch me make this tasty cocktail here:

 

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For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier
  • champagne
  • 10 pomegranate arils
Instructions
  1. In a champagne flute, combine pomegranate juice, orange juice, and grand marnier. Top with chilled champagne and continue to slowly add until the glass if filled. Add pomegranate arils (seeds) at the end.
  2. Serve and enjoy!

For your next winter celebration, enjoy a tasty Pomegranate Mimosa cocktail, made with pomegranate and orange juice, champagne, and a secret ingredient!
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How to Seed a Pomegranate

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If you’ve never opened a pomegranate or you already have a method of removing the seeds, you’ll want to watch my instructions on How to Seed a Pomegranate.

If you've never opened a pomegranate or you already have a method of removing the seeds, you'll want to watch my instructions on How to Seed a Pomegranate.

Its been awhile since I put something on my blog in the “tips & tricks” category. I often forget that I may know a few kitchen hacks here and there. Much like my awesome hair dresser thinks its common knowledge on how to create barrel curls with a flat iron, yet when I try it I look like I used a giant crimping iron. I recently started making videos and my sister recommended that I show some kind of tip and the first thing that came to mind was how to crack open a pomegranate and get the seeds out. That is, how to crack it open without looking like you’re walking away from a violent crime seen because you’re spattered with red. I don’t remember when I learned this trick, but I’ve never strayed. I’ve seen a lot of techniques where you cut the entire fruit in half, but I hate doing that because you slice all of the seeds in your path. I’ve also seen a trick where you beat the outside with a spoon. I have yet to try that method, simply because the way I do it works so well. there’s just something so zen about popping those seeds out too. Instead of explaining it, go ahead and watch the video. Fair warning: if your volume is on, you won’t be able to get the song out of your head for approximately 2.3 days.

What how I do it below:

Below are some of my favorite pomegranate recipes. Just click on the photo to take you to the recipe:

If you want a lip smacking cocktail that’s perfect for the winter holidays, mix up an easy to make Pomegranate Whiskey Sour.

Few things are better than tasty brown butter Pomegranate Orange Muffins, full of fresh pomegranate seeds and orange zest, with your morning cup of coffee.

If you're looking for the perfect healthy winter side salad, this Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad with a homemade vinaigrette is full of flavor.

This Pomegranate Vinaigrette is a fresh and healthy way to dress your dark leafy green salads.

This vibrant and delicious Pomegranate Cosmopolitan made with vodka and Grand Marnier is easy to make and will be the talk of any holiday party.

If you've never opened a pomegranate or you already have a method of removing the seeds, you'll want to watch my instructions on How to Seed a Pomegranate.
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Pomegranate Orange Muffins

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Few things are better than tasty brown butter Pomegranate Orange Muffins, full of fresh pomegranate seeds and orange zest, with your morning cup of coffee.

Few things are better than tasty brown butter Pomegranate Orange Muffins, full of fresh pomegranate seeds and orange zest, with your morning cup of coffee.

I’ve been buying pomegranates in bulk at Costco lately. Why? Oh, well, there are so many reasons and you know I want to tell you them all. First of all, the pomegranates I get a Costco are HUGE. Massive. If I’m going to take the time to remove the seeds, or arils if you will, from a pomegranate, it better be worth my time. Second, they last awhile, which is good because when I get lazy, which is often these days, I don’t always feel like breaking up a new one. Third, pomegranates are a super food. They have all sorts of good things. Now, wrap them in a brown butter buttermilk muffin and some may argue that they’re not exactly healthy anymore… but they’re healthier than if you had used chocolate chips, right?  I can rationalize anything.

Few things are better than tasty brown butter Pomegranate Orange Muffins, full of fresh pomegranate seeds and orange zest, with your morning cup of coffee.

I used the same base that I use for my blueberry and banana walnut muffins. I have perfected the recipe as you can see and will never use anything else. The orange zest only added to the flavor and I ended up having to keep these muffins under lock and key so that my kids wouldn’t inhale all of them in one sitting.

Few things are better than tasty brown butter Pomegranate Orange Muffins, full of fresh pomegranate seeds and orange zest, with your morning cup of coffee.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.

Be sure to check out how I remove the seeds from pomegranates here:

Pomegranate Orange Muffins
 
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Few things are better than tasty brown butter Pomegranate Orange Muffins, full of fresh pomegranate seeds and orange zest, with your morning cup of coffee.
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Recipe type: breakfast
Yields: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 cube)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups pomegranate arils
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and grease muffin tins with butter.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking power, baking soda, sugar, and salt.
  3. In a medium sized pan over medium heat, melt the butter. Swirl occasionally to ensure butter is cooking evenly. As the butter melts, it will begin to foam and the color will get darker. Continually scrape bottom of pan to release any brown specs. Once you start smelling the nutty aroma, remove browned butter from heat and allow to cool.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk, orange zest, vanilla, and mostly cooled browned butter together. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid ingredients. Fold together and do not over mix. Fold in the pomegranate arils.
  5. Spoon batter into greased muffin tins and bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 20-30 minutes (mine took longer because I used a stone muffin pan). When done cooking, immediately remove from muffin tins and allow to cool on cooling rack.
Few things are better than tasty brown butter Pomegranate Orange Muffins, full of fresh pomegranate seeds and orange zest, with your morning cup of coffee.
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Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad

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If you’re looking for the perfect healthy winter side salad, this Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad with a homemade vinaigrette is full of flavor.

If you're looking for the perfect healthy winter side salad, this Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad with a homemade vinaigrette is full of flavor.

I love a good fresh salad, but I’ve never been very fond of store bought salad dressings. Even the healthiest looking ones often have ingredients listed on the back that I can’t pronounce, so I prefer to make my own. This salad started with the dressing – a light and refreshing pomegranate vinaigrette that was full of zing.

This Pomegranate Vinaigrette is a fresh and healthy way to dress your dark leafy green salads.

I had never even eaten a pomegranate until I was well into my 30s. In fact, I can think of dozens of foods (beets, jicama, dragon fruit, ox tail, green chile just to name a few) that I had never tried until I was well into adulthood but my kids can identify today. My kids know that every winter, our house will never be without foods like pomegranate and grapefruit. They are part of that very small winter collection of fruits that make our long, dark, grey, cold winter bearable until the long days and summer sun bring a bounty of Oregon berries and stone fruit to our home.

This salad makes the perfect light and refreshing side salad to any protein packed dinner. Or, if you prefer, you can easily transform this into a hearty entree salad with the addition of delicious goodies like goat cheese, sunflower seeds, avocado, and chicken like I did right after taking these photos. I absolutely love tart and juicy fruit to balance out the bitter greens. Its a food match made in heaven.

If you're looking for the perfect healthy winter side salad, this Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad with a homemade vinaigrette is full of flavor.

Be sure to check out how I remove the seeds from pomegranates here:

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If you're looking for the perfect healthy winter side salad, this Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad with a homemade vinaigrette is full of flavor.
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Recipe type: salad, side dish
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • equal parts spinach and arugula
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 oranges (cara cara or blood orange recommended)
  • 1 pomegranate, arils removed
  • freshly ground pepper
  • pomegranate vinaigrette
  • *quantity and proportions of all ingredients can vary as desired
Instructions
  1. Add greens to large bowl. Top with shallots.
  2. To remove flesh from orange, slice skin from top and bottom of orange to fully expose the flesh. Then, while using a cutting board, slice away remaining skin and any white parts (known as the pericarp) to expose only the orange flesh. Then, using a sharp knife, cut the wedges out from each section and add to salad.
  3. Sprinkle salad with pomegranate seeds - as many as you desire.
  4. Then, toss with pomegranate vinaigrette and freshly ground pepper.
  5. Divide the salad among individual plates, distributing the orange sections evenly. Garnish with the reserved pomegranate seeds. Serve immediately.
If you're looking for the perfect healthy winter side salad, this Pomegranate Orange Arugula Spinach Salad with a homemade vinaigrette is full of flavor.
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Pomegranate Vinaigrette

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This Pomegranate Vinaigrette is a fresh and healthy way to dress your dark leafy green salads.

This Pomegranate Vinaigrette is a fresh and healthy way to dress your dark leafy green salads.

Fun fact: I couldn’t properly spell the word vinaigrette until I started this food blog. Same goes for Worcestershire. Confession: I still have to look up Worcestershire… and I’ve never been able to properly pronounce it. Okay, onto this salad dressing. I have been buying case after case of delicious pomegranates at costco. They aren’t super cheap, but they are oh-so-good. I love to put pomegranate arils – did you know that’s what those fleshy seeds are called? – in everything from my oatmeal to muffins to cocktails.  I’ve been adding them to my salads for a nice juicy crunch as well, so I figured it was only time that I made a tasty vinaigrette to tie those flavors of the salad together.

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The secret to a delicious vinaigrette is a high quality olive oil. I recently got hooked on The Olive Table olive oil and will have a hard time using anything else. You can tell this from my half used, fingerprint covered bottle below. If you’ve ever smelled and tasted a really high quality olive oil, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

This Pomegranate Vinaigrette is a fresh and healthy way to dress your dark leafy green salads.

As you whisk your dressing together, it should mix well without the oil wanting to separate. If you find that you just can’t get the oil and the remaining ingredients to mix into solution, continue to add more pomegranate juice to increase the acidity. Toss your favorite green salad in this light and healthy dressing and you’ll be quite pleased with the result!

This Pomegranate Vinaigrette is a fresh and healthy way to dress your dark leafy green salads.

Be sure to check out how I remove the seeds from pomegranates here:

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This Pomegranate Vinaigrette is a fresh and healthy way to dress your dark leafy green salads.
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Recipe type: dressing
Yields: 1/2 cup
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/3 cup high quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine or white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Press pomegranate seeds thru a fine wire mesh sieve until you have 2 tablespoons of juice. Be prepared to get some splattered on your hand.
  2. Add the olive oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper to the pomegranate juice. Whisk until blended. Makes 1/2 cup. Add to your favorite salad.

 

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Krissy’s Winter Oatmeal

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If you’re looking for a healthy way to make your breakfast oats more delicious, Krissy’s Winter Oatmeal uses pear, pomegranate, vanilla bean & more.

If you're looking for a healthy way to make your breakfast oats more delicious, Krissy's Winter Oatmeal uses pear, pomegranate, vanilla bean & more.

Sometimes I like to post recipes that are so simple, you don’t really need to follow the recipe to get similar results, but rather I share them so that maybe you think “hmm, I had never thought of doing it that way before.”  This oatmeal is one of those posts. Its basically a recipe for oatmeal with all sorts of goodies mixed in, but if you’ve never thought of adding in vanilla bean, cooked pear, walnuts, and or fresh pomegranate seeds, boy are you in for a treat.

If you're looking for a healthy way to make your breakfast oats more delicious, Krissy's Winter Oatmeal uses pear, pomegranate, vanilla bean & more.

During the winter, as I long for the long summer days and reminisce about all the glorious berries Oregon has to offer during the summer months, I stare at the overwhelming amount of pears getting ripe in my fruit basket. I’m not sure if you’re lucky enough to get big beautiful organic pears at your Costco, but we get them at ours and I buy a ton of them. Pears, however, are not a fruit that you continue to love eating raw. Sure, the first few of the season are always a treat, but after awhile the gritty fruit and the thick peal seem… less appealing. So what do I do? I peel them, chop them up, and cook ’em with vanilla bean and real maple syrup. In fact, that’s pretty much how I make my vanilla bean applesauce, except for that I use fresh lemon juice instead of maple syrup.  I love to put cooked vanilla pears on my pancakes, but I also love to put them in my oatmeal. If you’ve never combined the wonderful-ness of a vanilla bean with steel cut oats, you’re missing out. I love to add the walnuts for the protein to keep me going and the pomegranate seeds are fantastic for that juicy flavorful crunch a good bowl of oatmeal needs.  I bring a bowl of this stuff to work with me every day, enjoy it along side a hard boiled egg for some extra protein, and it carries me through all morning including a mid day workout!

If you're looking for a healthy way to make your breakfast oats more delicious, Krissy's Winter Oatmeal uses pear, pomegranate, vanilla bean & more.

Krissy's Winter Oatmeal
 
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If you're looking for a healthy way to make your breakfast oats more delicious, Krissy's Winter Oatmeal uses pear, pomegranate, vanilla bean & more.
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Recipe type: breakfast
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats (I use Bob's Red Mill Organic quick cooking steel cut oats)
  • 1 vanilla bean, split length wise
  • 2 large ripe pears, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
Instructions
  1. In one pot, boil water with salt over high heat. Add the oats, stir, and reduce heat to medium low. Stir occasionally.
  2. In a separate pot, combine pears, vanilla bean, and maple syrup. Heat over medium heat, smashing the pears and vanilla bean while stirring. Cook until very soft and tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Once oatmeal is done, add pear mixture to the oats. Top with pomegranate seeds and walnuts.

 

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Pomegranate Whiskey Sour

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If you want a lip smacking cocktail that’s perfect for the winter holidays, mix up an easy to make Pomegranate Whiskey Sour.

Pomegranate Whiskey Sour | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Have you ever removed the seeds from a pomegranate? If you ask around, I’m sure you’ll find there are a lot of people who haven’t. You can usually buy a pack of seeds that have already been removed from the fruit, but they cost more and usually don’t taste as fresh. Don’t be skeeered. Its super easy. You just score the peel into quarters by only letting the knife go in about 1/8th of an inch so as to not cut any seeds. Then, fill a big bowl full of water, submerge that beautiful fruit, and rip those quarters apart. You use a bowl of water for two reasons: 1) The vibrant juice won’t get you in the eye and 2) the seeds sink to the bottom and the pith and peel float. Just use your fingers to gently separate the seeds from everything else and you’re good to go.

Pomegranate Whiskey Sour | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I really like my huge ice cubes. I bought the big daddy silicon ice cube tray and just love it for my boozy drinks.

Pomegranate Whiskey Sour | Self Proclaimed Foodie

This drink turns the most beautiful color pink. Its perfectly sweet and tart at the same time – exactly what you want in a whiskey sour. Go ahead and add some lemon peel for garnish. You know you want to.

Pomegranate Whiskey Sour | Self Proclaimed Foodie

And there you have it: one easy to make and delicious cocktail. That’s what Self Proclaimed Foodie fans have been asking for over at my Facebook Page.  You ask and I shall deliver!

Pomegranate Whiskey Sour | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Watch me make this amazing drink here:

And check out how I remove the seeds from pomegranates here:

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Pomegranate Whiskey Sour
 
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If you want a lip smacking cocktail that's perfect for the winter holidays, mix up an easy to make Pomegranate Whiskey Sour.
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Yields: 2
Ingredients
Simple Syrup:
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
Cocktail:
  • 4 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 2 ounces lemon juice
  • 2 ounces pomegranate simple syrup
Instructions
  1. Make simple syrup by heating water and granulated sugar of medium heat until all sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, add pomegranate seeds, and allow to cool completely. Run through blender and then strain through fine mesh strainer. Discard seed solid and keep the pink syrup.
  2. To make the cocktail, combine bourbon whiskey, lemon juice, and pomegranate simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Vigorously shake until well combined, about 20 seconds. Strain into a low ball ice with extra large ice cubes.
If you want a lip smacking cocktail that's perfect for the winter holidays, mix up an easy to make Pomegranate Whiskey Sour.
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Pomegranate Cosmopolitan

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This vibrant and delicious Pomegranate Cosmopolitan made with vodka and Grand Marnier is easy to make and will be the talk of any holiday party.

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I was trying to think of some good winter cocktails. Sure, anything with champagne is a great choice, not just for New Years, but for the middle of the day when the kids are at school. Did I just write that?  Whoops, must be the cosmo talking. I love fresh pomegranate. Not only is it a super food, but its one of like 3 fruits that are in season this time of year and they totally absorb alcohol like any good fruit floating in a boozy paradise should. That’s why I used them two ways for this recipe – in the simple syrup and floating in the drink.

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan | Self Proclaimed Foodie

You can buy fresh pomegranate seeds already removed but they just cost a lot more than if you’d buy the whole fruit. Plus, I think they just taste better when I seed them myself. The trick is to score the outside. Then, fill up a big bowl of water and hold the pomegranate under the water and break those chunks apart. Then, use your fingers to remove the seeds. The seeds will sink to the bottom and all the white pith will float. Fun fact for the day.

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan | Self Proclaimed Foodie

You like my martini glasses? We got them from Crate and Barrel over a year ago and have used them like once. Why? I don’t know. They worked great because they kept mama’s boozy drink ice cold and I was less likely to spill it after my second or third drink because the glass wasn’t teetering on a thin stem. WIN!

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan | Self Proclaimed Foodie

My kids will gobble up pomegranate seeds like they’re candy (my foodie kids are just awesome like that) but I’ve never been in love with the actual seed part. BUT – I realized that after soaking in a bath of delicious vodka and Grand Marnier and softened by the acid in the lime juice, those pesky little seeds soften up and the flesh of the fruit absorb the alcohol. Oh yes, it was delicious.

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Be sure to check out how I remove the seeds from pomegranates here:

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This vibrant and delicious Pomegranate Cosmopolitan made with vodka and Grand Marnier is easy to make and will be the talk of any holiday party.
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Recipe type: cocktail
Yields: 2
Ingredients
Pomegranate Simple Syrup:
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
Cocktail:
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces Grand Marnier
  • 2 ounces pomegranate simple syrup
  • 1 ounce lime juice, pulp free
Garnish:
  • Lime peel
  • Additional fresh pomegranate seeds
Instructions
  1. In a small pot over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the water. Once all sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and add pomegranate seeds. Run through blender, then strain throw fine mesh strainer, keeping the liquid and discarding the solids. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. To make the cocktail, combine vodka, Grand Marnier, pomegranate simple syrup, and lime juice. You can shake them in a cocktail shaker with ice, or you can put them in an airtight container and store in the freezer until ready to serve (that's what I did). If you store in the freezer, just give it a good shake before adding to glass.
  3. Serve in a martini glass and garnish with lime zest and more pomegranate seeds.

 

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