Gin & pomegranate cocktail
30th September 2012

Gin & pomegranate cocktail

By Emma Photography by Emma
 

I had been given a bottle of pomegranate molasses for my birthday some time ago (years ago in fact!) and am embarrassed to admit that as time passed it was nudged further and further backwards on its shelf in my fridge, at last joining the ranks of the jars whose contents had been long since forgotten.  There it would have remained had I not found myself at a wee bar one evening with some good friends sipping on pomegranate cocktails.  Prior to this I had not even ventured to open my bottle of pomegranate molasses so when it finally crossed my lips in all it’s cocktail-y glory I was overwhelmed by it’s beautiful sweet/sour flavour and its dark, caramel colour and texture.

My memory of that night is a little too hazy to recall exactly what else went into our cocktails so instead I have created my own version using gin as a base.  Unlike the one in the bar, this version is blended with ice which yields a hugely refreshing cocktail, dangerously easy to drink!  If this doesn’t appeal however you could of course simply serve it as is with a few cubes of ice and a sprig of mint.

Pomegranate is certainly an ingredient full of potential not just in recipes alcoholic in nature, but also in salad dressings, baking, mains and desserts.  Start off simply to get a feel for its flavour and then get creative.  If you do, let us know what culinary creations emerge from your kitchen!

Ingredients

Makes 2
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  • 60ml gin
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 4 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1 cup lemonade
  • 1 cup ice
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  • Mint to serve

    Method

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    • 1. Combine all ingredients in the blender and whiz until smooth. Serve garnished with a sprig of mint.
     

    COMMENTS

    1. Kris

      Gin is always a great drink choice.

    2. Emma

      Hi Kris! It certainly is a brilliant drink. I’ve never bought into the whole mother’s ruin thing…..surely it’s a fallacy!
      Emma

    3. Pinky

      I put pomegranite fruit in drink as the picture is good of it. Not room for it as the seed are like dirt. Ruin drink and waste gin. You should not show photo because you think is cool and you like it.

    4. Emma

      Hi Pinky,
      Thanks for your message and my apologies for leading you astray. I hope I haven’t put you off trying any of our other recipes in the future.
      Happy Cooking,
      Emma

    5. Jessica Mills

      Do you mean lemonade as in American lemonade (sweetened lemon juice) or as in New Zealand/Australia lemonade (like Sprite)?

    6. Emma

      Hi Jessica,
      Thanks for your message. In this recipe I used fizzy lemonade, as you said like Sprite. But you could certainly try it with sweetened lemon juice and use soda water instead for that fizz.
      Cheers!
      Emma

     

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