Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Gin, Grapefruit & Pomegranate Cocktail

Gin, Grapefruit & Pomegranate Cocktail
Photo Leticia Alaniz © 2016
A grapefruit cocktail doesn’t need many ingredients to showcase the citrus flavor and intoxicating aroma.  But a perfect marriage is Ruby red grapefruit juice and seasonal pomegranate seeds with a generous splash of gin.  It’s a nice and tart cocktail, but the addition of simple syrup gives it just the right amount of balance.  And to take the cocktail to another level, rim the glass with sugar and crushed red chile flakes.  It’s the tickling boost of flavor to a citrus fruit that is traditionally eaten with chile in México.  You can also use Tajín powder for the rimming of the glasses.  Tajín is a tangy Mexican seasoning that consists of chile peppers, salt, dehydrated lime juice, and crushed dried mango.  

Grapefruits can be available year round, depending on your location, but in the southern US and Mexico, the peak season for the best Ruby red grapefruit starts in November and December.  Ruby red grapefruit has a bright pink/red color and a balanced sweet-tart flavor.

Oh and the pomegranates!  Crushed and mixed with the grapefruit juice makes for a delicious and mighty punch of perfume in your mouth.  Both fruits are unique and powerful antioxidants and the pomegranate season mirrors that of grapefruit, typically between October thru February.  

What makes the cocktail great?  The humble gin, especially one that is supremely English with its aromatic botanicals and juniper berries.  Gin had a history of being the poor people’s choice of drink because of the manner of back alley spirit distilling and the way it was drunk in barns, country celebrations, and peasant gatherings.  But I say let's just enjoy!  

Celebrations call for flavorful cocktails and the perfect expression for a party is a gathering of joy among friends and family, and terrific good cheer.  

Gin, Grapefruit & Pomegranate Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces of pomegranate juice (preferably from freshly crushed seeds)
  • 1 1/2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin (Beefeater London Dry Gin)
  • 1-ounce simple syrup or honey
  • A few dashes orange bitters (optional)
  • Ice

Directions:
  1. Muddle the pomegranate seeds to obtain the juice.  In a cocktail shaker, add the pomegranate juice, grapefruit juice, gin, simple syrup or honey, bitters, and ice.
  2. Shake vigorously.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass that has been rimmed with Mexican Tajín or sugar and red chile flakes.

To make simple syrup combine an equal amount of sugar and water. Heat to dissolve. Let cool completely before mixing with the cocktail.  



Written by Leticia Alaniz © 2016

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