Apr 24, 2012

Pomegranate Cocktail Recipes

Pomegranate cocktail recipes - so easy to put together in just minutes with bottled pomegranate juice - now available just about everywhere.  Real pomegranates, so good for a healthy heart, can be a real pain to peel but don’t give up on this pleasing ancient Persian fruit.  Here is an excellent tutorial on how to cut and de-seed a pomegranate. The unadorned, fresh seed pips - loaded with vitamins, fiber and minerals - make a beautiful edible and colorful garnish for soups, salads, and entrees.  Here are a dozen creative ideas for using pomegranate seeds.  The second recipe calls for "cassis" which is also known as Crème de cassis - a sweet, dark red liqueur made from blackcurrants.

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

pomegranate punch

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 bottles (750 ml) sparkling wine, chilled
  • 3/4 cup white wine, such as Riesling chilled
  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • Ice cubes, for serving
1.  In a punch bowl, dissolve the sugar in the pomegranate juice, stirring vigorously. Add the sparkling wine and late-harvest white wine, then add the orange slices, diced pineapple, and pomegranate seeds. Serve the sparkling pomegranate punch over ice cubes.

Pomegranate Daiquiris

pomegranate cocktail recipes
  • 3 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 1/2 cups plain or raspberry-flavored light rum
  • 1 cup cassis or cranberry liqueur
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Pomegranate seeds, frozen green grapes, or kiwi slices, for garnish.
1. Combine pomegranate juice, rum, cassis, and lime juice in a large pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours or up to 1 week ahead.

2. In a blender, combine 1 1/2 cups juice mixture and 1 cup ice cubes. Blend until slushy. Pour into large martini or wine glasses; garnish as desired. Repeat with remaining juice.

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