Pomegranate has increasingly become one of the more trendy cocktail flavors going as of late. It seems every other bar on the corner has a pomegranate cocktail, “martini” or margarita on their specialty menu. It used to be that lemon and orange were the only flavored vodkas on the market. Now there are cherry, raspberry, blueberry, pomegranate and just the other day I saw a kiwi. This opens the door to so many possibilities when it comes to wonderful concoctions in cocktails.
With such emphasis on pomegranate I began playing around with PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur to come up with a twist on an old favorite. Pairing with the PAMA liqueur, I have used Three Olives Vodkas. Three Olives has a rather nice selection of flavored vodkas; twelve in fact. Although I have not tried them all, I have tried a few and the flavors stand up well with the vodka. Three Olives Vodkas are quadruple-distilled and quadruple-filtered making for a very smooth finish on this English import. To find out more about Three Olives, look them up on the web at www.threeolives.com.
So, what can we do with a twist on an old favorite? How about the ever popular Cosmopolitan? It made a come back during the 90’s with Sex in the City. But that isn’t where it had its start. Its history is somewhat unclear with credit being taken by a bartender from South Florida in the middle 80’s who claimed to create the Cosmo for those drinkers who wanted to look cool holding a martini glass while drinking, but didn’t care for the martini drink. Next in line for taking credit is a bartender out of Manhattan who shook things up a bit in the cocktail shaker in the later 80’s which is something closer to what the Cosmo is today. A slightly different version to this shortened tale is that the Cosmo actually had its birth in 1975 by an entirely different hand behind the bar in Minneapolis. That’s what happens with some cocktails. There are so many twists to the tale that the history becomes a bit muddled.
Now for my twist on the Cosmo…
2 oz Three Olives Pomegranate Vodka
1 oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
½ oz Cointreau
Juice from ½ of a fresh lime
Lime twist for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker 1/3 full of ice. Add vodka, liqueurs, and lime juice. Shake until well chilled. This takes approximately ten to fifteen seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the lime twist.
If you are interested in sugared rimmers, Stirrings makes a variety of flavorful rimmers for your favorite cocktails. At last count they had twenty-one different flavors, two of which are pomegranate and cosmopolitan, either of which would go great with the above cocktail. Check them out at www.stirrings.com.