This was a nice summer drink on a hot summer afternoon. I realize that right now it isn't summer and it isn't hot, but I still think that this is a nice refreshing drink. Besides, pomegranates are supposed to be good for you. So why not have some with a little vodka!
I bought pomegranate seeds at the local Traders Joes. I don't think they are needed for the drink though. They don't float so they sink to the bottom of the drink. If you like pomegranate seeds then the seeds are okay to eat once you've finished the cocktail but neither Mr. L nor I were in the mood so the drink soaked seeds went down the drain. Maybe next time. Since it wasn't exactly pomegranate season when we originally made this drink maybe seeds more in season would taste better.
We used a fairly inexpensive vodka, Svedka. I honestly think this would taste much better with a higher quality vodka. They do say that when you add "sweet" to vodka the quality of the vodka doesn't matter as much. We like Svedka and usually use it when we make mixed drinks.
This recipe came from Relaxed Cooking With Curtis Stone.
(Relaxed Cooking With Curtis Stone)
1/3 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 cup vodka
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
Pomegranate seeds, for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the pomegranate juice, vodka, and orange juice. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker becomes very cold and frosty. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the pomegranate seeds, and serve immediately.