Pomegranates are a fun. Is it weird that I think a fruit is fun? I feel like I’m eating an exotic fruit. You know, because anything that’s not an apple or orange is pretty exotic to me.
My husband and I saw a bin of pomegranates at the grocery store. I can’t remember how long it’s been since I’ve had one so my husband grabbed a couple of them. If you’ve never had one before, you eat the seeds, which are sweet and tart. I eat the pips seeds and all and I think most people actually do. You get a little shock of sweet and sour juice followed by a bit of fun crunchy seed in the middle. My husband (who will actually eat the unpopped kernels from microwave popcorn) hates the seeds in a pomegranate. His approach is to put an entire handful of the pips into his mouth, carefully squish out all the tasty parts, and then spit out the wad of seeds without chewing any of them.
Of course as a food blogger, I had to use these juicy seeds in a fun recipe. How about a little drinkie to celebrate the week being half over?
If you like pomegranates, mint, limes, rum or fun pretty cocktails, then this will hit the spot.
This rum is straight from St. Lucia, where we honeymooned in 2008. Like many Caribbean islands, they are known for their rum so of course we had to bring some of it back home with us. I’m not a rum fanatic so I don’t have suggestions asides from “use whichever kind you prefer.”
I love the colors going on here. Red and green. This would make for a fab drink to serve at Christmas time. Just saying. 🙂
Pomegranate Mojito Recipe
- 1 and 1/2 ounces white rum
- 1 ounce simple syrup (See note below)
- 2 ounces pomegranate juice
- the juice of 1/2 of a lime
- 2 fresh mint leaves (plus extra for garnish)
- tumbler glass (a glass that holds about 10 ounces)
- 2 ounces club soda
- ice cubes
- a few pomegranate seeds
- In a shaker, pour the white rum, simple syrup, pomegranate juice, and lime juice.
- Add in the 2 leaves of mint.
- Crush the mint leaves to release the mint flavors. I used the back of a wooden spoon.
- Shake all of the ingredients.
- Pour the liquid into a a tumbler glass.
- Pour the club soda into the tumbler glass.
- Gently stir the concoction.
- Add a few ice cubes, just short of reaching the top of the glass.
- Add a few pomegranate seeds.
- Garnish with fresh mint leaves.
Note: To make the simple syrup, heat a 1/4 cup of white sugar and a 1/4 cup of water until the sugar has completely dissolved. Stir it occasionally, it’ll make determining if the sugar is gone easier. This will make slightly more than 1 ounce of simple syrup so make sure you measure it prior to adding to the drink.
Adapted from: Katherine Martinelli
Here is another delicious alcoholic drink (which happens to be my favorite).