Friday, December 25, 2009

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan—Merry Christmas!

Pomegranate CosmopolitanPopularized in New York City, the Cosmopolitan has been called the quintessential New York cocktail. Now trendy everywhere, it is not only delicious, but classy, pretty, pink, easy to make and fun to serve (especially at Christmas).

The traditional cosmopolitan is made with vodka, cointreau or Triple Sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice.

Because it is such a popular cocktail, people tend to think the Cosmopolitan has been around forever, but it’s actually not that old. Dating back to the 1970s, it gained popularity during the hit television program Sex and the City.
"A cheese burger, large fries and a cosmopolitan please".
– Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

New York City
It’s fun to take a traditional cocktail and mix it up a bit. The following variation tastes great and still maintains the integrity of the original cosmo. A complaint (perhaps the only one) of the original cosmo is that the taste of the cranberry juice can overwhelm the other flavors. In this version, the combination of pomegranate juice with the cranberry cocktail, modifies the sharp cranberry taste.

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan


Makes 1 serving

1½ oz vodka (citrus flavored)
½ oz Grand Marnier
1 ounce POM pomegranate juice
½ oz cranberry juice cocktail
Juice of ¼ lime
Sugar, to taste
Splash of orange juice (optional)

Fill cocktail shaker half full with ice. Combine all cocktail ingredients in a pitcher and add to cocktail shaker.

Shake for 30-40 seconds. Pour into martini glass and garnish with a thin slice of lime. Drop some pomegranate seeds into the glass.

As a final touch, the zest from an orange can be ignited over the drink to enhance the flavor and aroma of the orange liquor.

Serve immediately.

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan
Tasting Notes
The taste of this variation is superb. The tartness of the cranberry juice is relaxed by the addition of pomegranate juice which has a smooth, rich taste perfectly suited to this cocktail. The use of fresh limes is essential to create the desired effect.
Merry Christmas!
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    The Chef In My Head said...

    Looks Deeeee-Lish and I bet my legs wouldn't hurt anymore after hours in the kitchen :) - LeslieMichele

    Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

    I am working on a New year's eve menu that will have a cocktail bar... I will have this on the menu - GREAT POST

    fromBAtoParis said...

    Great post ....great pictures !!!! I guess it would go down well with my smoked salmon, poppyseed macarons ! LOL

    Anonymous said...

    Merry Christmas Shari!! And Happy Boxing Day!!
    You know...I think I have grapefruit vodka...I know I have POM, I have lime, and cranberry juice...oh happy day!
    However, it's overcast, and the snow level is I think I'll just have some cocoa laced with peppermint schnapps!
    Hoping your Christmas was filled with love & joy!

    pam said...

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

    Dishin And Dishes said...

    Hoping you had a wonderful Christmas! These look like my kind of drink! A little tart and not too sweet! Yummm!

    natalia said...

    What wonderful color !! I wish you a very happy new year !!

    Di said...

    Sounds delicious! And looks so festive, too. =) I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

    nora@ffr said...

    shari!! this perfect for the the new year night!! m soo loving the beautiful color!! hope ye had a wonderful Christmas and wish u and yers a very happy new year 2010!! :D

    Shelley said...

    Looks sooo fresh and delicious. I love the touch of Grand Marnier. With the GM, the lime and the pomegranate and all, I believe this could qualify as one's five daily servings of fruit. A health drink! Yay!

    kellypea said...

    Looks and sounds fabulous. A morning headache waiting to happen for me. But oh well! Happy New Year to You!

    Michelle said...

    OH so pretty sitting in the new snow. We just had a blizzard and got all new snow...17" of it! I could use one of your Pomegranate Cosmopolitans right about now!

    Happy New Year!

    Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home said...

    Oh yes...everyone and their mama was ordering Cosmos after Carrie Bradshaw made it the trendy drink of the moment.

    Your photos are gorgeous! Wishing you a fantastic 2010!

    Coffee and Vanilla said...

    Beautiful, elegant cocktail, love it :)

    Just stopped by to say:

    Happy New Year!!!


    Michael said...

    Wow this looks like a drink my wife would really love! Thanks for posting. I gotta try and make this drink one day. Nice pics too. It is a great alternative to our usual coffee. Happy New Year!!

    Anonymous said...

    I've been looking all over for this!


    S said...

    looks so gorgeous, shari. wishing you a very happy new year, hope you had a lovely christmas and got to celebrate new year's eve with your loved ones. i just got back from vacation- off to work tomorrow. how depressing. perhaps i'll make this gorgeou pom martini tomorrow night. x

    Angela Gifford said...

    Looks beautiful and tasty! How much better does it get?

    Anonymous said...

    This sounds really good with the Pomegranate :)