Sweet, delicious pomegranate fruit make an appearance for only a few months during the year and this is the perfect opportunity to mix up a fabulous pomegranate drink.
While it is true that removing the pomegranate seeds can be a bit of a task, it's worth it. Don't think of pomegranate as a chore, think of it as an annual gift of luscious juice!
Pomegranates typically arrive in the markets around September and they will be around through much of December. After that, you're out of luck... for another nine months, so it's best to take advantage of them while you can.
During this peak season, you should, of course, make your own grenadine. The fruits are significantly cheaper than bottled pomegranate juice and making the syrup is a fantastic way to preserve the fresh taste for at least a month or two. Yet, you will also want to save some of those sweet seeds and their juices for mixing up tasty seasonal drinks.
To help you get the most out of pomegranate season, let's look at a few cocktails and mocktails that rely on the fresh fruit.
01 of 07
You Will Need: fresh pomegranate and cranberry, red wine, Jagermeister Spice and PAMA liqueurs, cranberry-pomegranate juice, club soda, mulling spices.
It is now time to transform the pomegranate into a warm, comforting, and fruity mulled wine. It's the perfect recipe for the season because it's a modern remake of a holiday favorite and there are a few twists that really make it stand out.
The Winter Warmer Mulled Sangria is a pom-lover's delight. Not only do you get to use fresh... pomegranate seeds, but that is paired with the most popular pomegranate liqueur and a juice blend with the fruit. When pomegranate is served warm, magic happens and the spices added to this sangria recipe accent that perfectly.
It's definitely a recipe that will make a splash at your holiday parties.
02 of 07
You Will Need: fresh pomegranate juice and seeds, fresh mint and lime, simple syrup, lemonade, soda
Mojitos are not restricted to summer and they don't have to include booze (though it is customary and optional here). Take a break from the cold weather and convert this favorite cocktail into a winter-worthy mocktail featuring fresh pomegranate.
To create the Holiday Pomegranate Mojito, you will need both the seeds and juice from the pomegranate. It's the perfect backdrop for the refreshing... mint and lime we love in all Mojitos and the lemonade adds a little volume and flavor so you won't miss the rum.
Spike it? The liquor of choice for any Mojito is, of course, rum. Stick with this and add 1 1/2 ounces to this Pomegranate Mojito recipe and you'll have a festive little drink.
03 of 07
You Will Need: fresh pomegranate seeds, vodka, apple juice, simple syrup
A fresh pomegranate martini is just moments away and this recipe has a great layer of flavors. It all begins with a little action from your trusted muddler to release the pomegranate's sweet juice into a little syrup. From there, add vodka and apple juice, shake it up and you're ready to drink.
The vodka of choice here is the clear vodka from 42 Below, a fantastic New Zealand distillery that loves to play with native... tastes in their flavored vodka. If you can find their honey-flavored vodka, mix that into the Dusk in Eden instead. It's a fantastic alternative, unique flavor, and a perfect match for this simple martini.
04 of 07
You Will Need: fresh pomegranate and lemon juices, rooibos tea, sugar, water
A very fun use for pomegranate can be found in this made from scratch lemonade recipe. It's simple to put together and a nice way to bring the summertime favorite into the colder months of the year.
The key to the Rio Bravo Lemonade is the addition of pomegranate juice and rooibos tea to the standard homemade lemonade. Rooibos is also known as red tea and is a naturally caffeine-free 'tea' with a sweet, nutty... flavor. It's the ideal choice for marrying the two fruits.
Spike it? Finding a great way to modify this lemonade into a libation is not a problem. The recipe is the foundation for the unique Borrachon Cocktail, which combines bourbon with ginger liqueur and asks you to smoke your rosemary. It's fantastic and brilliant!Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
You Will Need: fresh pomegranate seeds, fresh pink grapefruit, vodka, elderflower liqueur
The slushy snow outside is sure to inspire you to mix up this fantastic fresh fruit cocktail. It is served over crushed ice and is dotted with fresh, muddled pomegranate and chunks of grapefruit. It's the ideal drink for enjoying the best fruits of the cold season.
For the vodka, Belvedere is recommended and it is a very fine, reliable vodka for such a clean tasting cocktail. If you plan to stray from... this suggestion, make sure it's one of equal or greater quality because a bad vodka choice can ruin the entire experience.
06 of 07
You Will Need: fresh pomegranate seeds, reposado tequila, passion fruit juice, simple syrup
This is a margarita that you can only enjoy during pomegranate season (unless you make a substitution). Why? Because the pomegranate of the Pomegranate Margarita comes from muddling the juice from the seeds. It's a taste that can be recreated with bottled pomegranate juice, but in order to enjoy it as it was meant to be you need to take advantage of the fresh fruit.
Tequila is, of course, the star of... the show in this cocktail recipe. It would not be a 'margarita' without it! In this case, we choose an aged reposado and the brand of choice is Cabo Wabo, yet you can use your personal favorite.
07 of 07
You Will Need: pomegranate, white cranberry, and lime juices, cranberry spice syrup, ginger ale or rhubarb soda
A sprightly little drink, this mocktail is filled with the best fruit flavors of the season. While you can certainly use bottled pomegranate juice, I highly recommend trying this with fresh juice straight from the fruit.
To make this sparkling fruit punch a little more festive and interesting, a cranberry spice syrup is needed. Don't worry, it's very easy to make at home and once... you try it, your head will swarm with more ways to get it into your winter drinks.
Spike it? The inspiration for this mocktail was the Spiced Silver Bells cocktail and in fitting fashion, tequila is an excellent way to liven up the more innocent drink. If you prefer, a flavored vodka would be a nice option as well.