We’re not fond of sweet cocktails, so most Pomegranate Martinis (especially those with the rim dipped in sugar) are not to our taste. After experimenting a bit, including using pomegranate liqueur, I settled on this approach. You’ll need a good vodka (preferably potato so it’s gluten-free), unsweetened pomegranate juice, pomegranate seeds (which will keep a good long while in the fridge so don’t hesitate to buy and seed a pomegranate when they are in stock) and pomegranate molasses. I found the molasses, which is produced in Lebanon and is quite tart, at an online shop — The Spice House, in Milwaukee, WI.
These martinis are dry, tart, and neither fussy nor frivolous. They may become our signature drink here at Ephods and Pomegranates. Enjoy!
Pomegranate Martinis (makes 2)
6 oz vodka (preferably potato)
4 oz unsweetened pomegranate juice
2 tsp pomegranate molasses
2 tsp pomegranate seeds
Combine the vodka , juice and molasses in a cocktail shaker with half a dozen ice cubes. Shake vigorously to dissolve and disperse the molasses. Strain into martini glasses and garnish with the pomegranate seeds. these are potent, so one drink will see you all the way through cocktail hour!