Pomegranate Mojito

November 14th, 2014

Fall in San Francisco means pomegranates have made their way to the local farmers’ markets. Before I moved here, I’d never touched a pomegranate, let alone purchased one at the farmers’ market. I’d heard stories of friends trying to open them—ruining clothes, countertops, etc—so there’s no wonder why I was late to warm up to them. But I decided to take on the challenge and, to my relief, it was easy peasy. I used this tutorial and five minutes later I had a jam jar full of ruby red pomegranate seeds, which of course beckoned me to make something… specifically something of the cocktail variety. I figured since I’d need to muddle the pomegranate seeds anyways, I might as well add an herb. One thing led to another and before I knew it, I’d created a mouthwatering pomegranate mojito.

This cocktail doesn’t rub the cold weather in your face with lots of warm spices like many this time of year, instead it’s bright and juicy, sweet (but not toothache-sweet) and boozy. The pomegranate, lime and mint work brilliantly together while the rum and seltzer support and help round out the fruit-forward flavors. It’s just another reminder why I love this city and it’s produce. You can bet I picked up another pomegranate this week.

Cheers!

Pomegranate Mojito

makes one cocktail

I muddled fresh pomegranate seeds, but I totally understand if this seems like too much work. Pomegranate juice can be swapped out, but just a heads up, some variety’s may not have the beautiful ruby red hue that fresh pomegranate juice provides.

1 Tablespoon pomegranate seeds or 1 ounce pomegranate juice1 sprig of fresh mint, plus more for garnish

1 ounce simple syrup

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

1 1/2 ounce dark rum

1-2 ounces seltzer or club soda

1. In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, bruise the mint leaves and pomegranate seeds.2. Add the simple syrup, lime juice, rum and ice, then shake for about 10 seconds. Strain into a collins (or tall, skinny) glass filled with ice. Garnish with more mint and enjoy!

 

 

Comments: 2 Total

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    November 14, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Definitely need to add this to my holiday menu. Perfect for Christmas!! (or any other day)

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    November 12, 2015 at 4:35 am

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