Saturday, February 13, 2010

Pomegranate Cocktails

During Valentine’s Day weekend, it’s hard to get away from all things pink and red – but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur was kind enough to send Little Scarlet some samples, and I can honestly say that this ruby-colored liqueur is just wonderful!

Made from pomegranate juice, premium vodka, and “a touch” of imported tequila (34 proof - 17% alc/vol), PAMA has a thick, sweet flavor with a tart bite, similar to that of cranberry juice. This versatile liqueur is well suited for a variety of drinks across all seasons. Try it around Christmas time to perk up a mulled wine, or use it in a big summer-time pitcher of tropical punch. Great for fun martinis with the girls, this jewel-toned liqueur also adds a splash of drama to an elegant Champagne cocktail.

The next time you’re in the liquor store, look for this beautiful bottle in the liqueur section and whip up one of these great cocktails!

Pomegranate-Mulled wine

Blushing Lady

Pomegranate Champagne cocktail

Pomegranate-Lemonade Fizz

Pomegranate-Mulled Wine (serves 12):
12 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
4 lemons, sliced
2 oranges, sliced
1 cup PAMA pomegranate liqueur
½ tsp ground nutmeg
2 cups sugar
1 ¼ cup water
2 bottles red wine (e.g. Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot)

Combine cloves, cinnamon sticks, lemons, and oranges in a cheesecloth. Pour remaining ingredients into a large, saucepan over medium-low heat, and add spice-cheesecloth. Heat for 15-20 minutes, without bringing to a simmer. Wring cheesecloth out over pot, and remove. Serve warm, with a cinnamon stick for garnish.

Blushing Lady (serves 1):
1 oz PAMA pomegranate liqueur
2 oz vodka
1 oz pink grapefruit juice

Garnish glass with coarse sugar rim by running a lemon wedge around the rim of a martini glass, and dipping the glass in a plate of coarse sugar. Then, pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake. Pour through a strainer into a garnished martini glass.

Pomegranate Champagne cocktail (serves 1):

3 oz PAMA pomegranate liqueur
1 oz Champagne

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice, and stir. Pour through strainer into a Champagne flute.

Pomegranate-Lemonade Fizz (serves 8):
1 cup PAMA pomegranate liqueur
1 cup citrus-flavored vodka
1 cup cranberry juice
3 cups lemonade
1 cup club soda
Optional: fresh raspberries and lemon slices for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher with ice, and stir well. Serve in tall, individual glasses,  and top each glass with 1 oz club soda. Garnish with fresh raspberries and lemon slices,if desired.

Recipes are either provided by or adapted from PAMA - thanks to PAMA for providing images!

1 comment:

  1. wow i wish it were summer, i could drink a gallon of that lemonade fizz!