I am going to take the easy way out today and not so much post a recipe but instead my newest favorite drink. I am in love with the pomegranate juice; I have found that a little goes a long way though. Use either a flavored or plain vodka; something you like the flavor of; most days I just use plain vodka but occasionally I use some flavor infused versions too.
Vodka – any kind will work
In rocks glass filled with ice add a shot of vodka. Fill just shy of the top with cran-grape juice and add a splash of pomegranate juice. I used some of my flavored vodkas for a drink too; the cranberry lemon was very tasty. Mix it up anyway you like!
I thought I would give a couple of fruity vodkas a try. Flavored vodkas seem to be in right now and I thought some fresh fruit would compliment it nicely. I can’t wait to see how the flavors come out; I did three different flavors; here are two of them.
Cranberry Lemon Vodka
1/2 cup fresh cranberries cut in half
zest of one lemon and a couple of slices
lemon balm leaves
2 Tbs sugar
In jar combine cranberries, lemon, sugar, and lemon balm leaves. Cover with vodka and set aside for 2 – 4 weeks; shaking occasionally.
Orange Cranberry Vodka
1/4 cup cranberries cut in half
zest of one orange
3 – 4 orange slices
juice of half an orange
1 – 2 Tbs sugar
Combine all ingredients in canning jar and set aside for 2 – 4 weeks. This one I actually used a bit of; the orange flavor really came through. I combined mine with cran-grape juice for a very tasty drink.
I thought a fruity cocktail would be delicious after work today. I suppose this is sort of margarita meets martini / cosmopolitan type drink. There is something magical that happens when you begin mixing clear liquors together; each on its own can be overwhelming but combine one or two and yummy drinks can happen. I like the cran-grape juice but I am sure fruit punch or any fruity juice would be good. The better the quality of ingredients the better it will turn out.
3/4 o.z. vodka
3/4 o.z. rum
3/4 o.z. triple sec
3/4 o.z. gin
1 1/2 o.z. cran-grape juice
3 o.z. mountain dew or sprite
2 tsp lime juice
2 tsp simple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice; shake well and serve in a chilled martini glass. (To make simple syrup mix 1 part sugar to 2 parts water.)