Good Morning Gentle Readers,
It is pomegranate season here at the Casa. Last fall we had over a hundred but this year's crop has been meager.
What are pomegranates good for, anyway? Like, artichokes, pomegranates are difficult to eat and there is a mess to get through before you get to the delicious seeds. Technically, though, pomegranates aren't quite as difficult to eat as artichokes. Mess? Si! Noisy? Si! Yummy? Si! Don't get the juice on a white shirt. Dude, worse than red wine.
Pomegranate juice (grenadine syrup) drizzled into the finished drink is what puts the sunrise in a Tequila Sunrise. Pomegranate juice (grenadine syrup) defines a good Singapore Sling. King Solomon made spiced pomegranate wine. The Jewish culture holds that the 613 seeds found in a pomegranate represent the 613 commandments of the Torah. Not to mention that pomegranates are loaded with longevity inducing resveratrol, more anti-oxidants than red wine, and vitamin C. And they make an awesome martooni.
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- 3 ounces of Vodka
- 1.5 ounces of Triple Sec or Cointreau
- 6 ounces of pomegranate juice
- 1.5 ounces of simple syrup
- 1 ounce lemon juice
Just so you know, Eve was offered a pomegranate from the Tree of Life by the serpent. Scoff if you will, but apples need at least 700 hours of winter chill to thrive, something you won't find in Mediterranean climates.
Heads Up: Most commercial grenadine syrup is no longer made from pomegranate juice. It is icky old corn syrup with artificial flavors. Don't bother. Bev-Schmo carries several authentic grenadine syrups (not Rose's) that are made from pomegranate juice.
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