Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Crown Jewel Affair: Ginger Pomegranate Martini

This is the second in a series of posts recapping The Crown Jewel Affair, our POM Wonderful Dinner Party. You can visit the introductory post here, which also includes a video of the party.

As guests arrived to The Crown Jewel Affair, they were greeted with a sparkling Ginger Pomegranate Champagne Martini. John and I recently dined at Nobu, San Diego, and sipped on a couple of these lovelies while waiting for our friends to arrive. We chatted with the bartender, who shared the interesting combination of ingredients: Vanilla infused vodka, ginger liqueur, and pomegranate puree, topped with Domain Chandon.

This cocktail is festive, dazzling and sexy...ideal for any special occasion!

Pomegranate and Ginger Liqueurs, in exquisite crystal decanters

Pammy and Kai

Nina, Lori, Mary, Melinda and Hillari

Ginger Pomegranate Martini
Our version inspired by Nobu's Ginger Pomegranate Martini
(Serves one)

1 1/2 ounces pomegranate liqueur
(or 1 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed pomegranate juice or POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice, or .25 oz. of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice Concentrate)
1 ounce ginger liqueur
1 ounce vanilla vodka
4 1/2 ounces sparkling wine
pomegranate seeds

If serving several cocktails, it's easier to pre-mix the appropriate parts of the liqueurs and vodka in a cocktail shaker.  When guests arrive, add a few pomegranate seeds to each flute, fill the flutes with 3 1/2 ounces of the liqueur-vodka mixture, and top with sparkling wine.

For a few additional pomegranate libations, notable chefs Amy Ephron and Jose Andres created these cocktails for POM Wonderful Chef Series 2010:

Denise & John



bunkycooks said...

Did you say "sexy cocktail"? You know I am all over that! ;) I have finally found a use for both my ginger liqueur AND vanilla vodka! What a great drink for the holidays!

Carolyn said...

Beautiful jewel red pomegranate hue with champagne’s tiny signature bubbles make this a dazzling holiday drink for any champagne cocktail lover. Great photography!