Ninth in the “How to Make a Drink” series.
-Vodka: you can use any variety of vodka, but I prefer good value vodkas (read: inexpensive, not cheap). I like 360 Vodka (which I’ve found for as little as $17 per 750 ml bottle) and Sobieski Vodka, which retails for approximately $15-$18 for a 1.75 liter bottle. I do not like to spend over $20 for a bottle—with so many good values, why should you?
-Pom® brand pomegranate juice
-Triple Sec—use a high quality triple sec, such as Cointreau, which will give you a better quality pomegranate cosmo
-Rose’s lime juice—you can substitute the juice of ½ lime, but Rose’s is sweetened, which will reflect in your drink.
-Lime wedge (garnish)
-Piece of orange (to flavor the rim)
1. Make sure you start with your vodka in the freezer and the Pom pomegranate juice, Rose’s, and triple sec in the refrigerator. The colder your vodka and pomegranate juice, the less ice you’ll melt when you make your pomegranate cosmo. Additionally, you’ll want your martini glass in the freezer, so that the cosmo does not warm up too quickly after being poured.
2. Preparing the tumbler. Before I mix the ingredients, I like to chill the tumbler. You can keep it in the freezer, but I usually take ice & water and shake it until the tumbler is frigid. Pour out the ice & water and dry with a cloth.
3. Fill your tumbler with ice.
4. Pour your ingredients using a shot glass in the following ratios:
2 parts vodka
1 part triple sec
1 part Pom® pomegranate juice
Juice of ½ lime, or approx. 1 tablespoon of Rose’s Lime Juice
If you use one shot glass (1.5 ounces) to measure each part, you should be able to fill a medium martini glass. You may have to adjust the sizes (not the ratio) for your martini glasses. In any case, I measure precisely—loose pouring will lead to a sloppy cosmo.
5. Put the top on the tumbler & shake. I usually give between 3-5 shakes, as any more shaking will only serve to “bruise the booze” and water down your cosmo.
6. Rim the martini glass with the orange piece, and pour your cosmo into the martini glass. Top the martini glass with the lime wedge.
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7. Serve your pomegranate cosmo to your guests and enjoy!