This Pomegranate Old Fashioned is my kind of twist on a classic cocktail! The holidays are here, so what does that mean? Food – and lots of it – presents, family, friends… and cocktails! Whether you’re hosting the party or heading out to a friend or family members’ house, you’re going to need to break out some drinks.
But the classics drinks are always welcome on my bar – but maybe a classic that’s kicked up a bit for the holidays too, like this Pomegranate Old Fashioned recipe.
One of my kids’ favorite things to eat at this time of year are pomegranate seeds. They put them on their cereal, in their oatmeal and on ice cream. They love it. It’s definitely a fruit that we have in the house as much as we can this time of year.
But for us, the adults, we’re putting it in our holiday drinks.
The pomegranate juice blends perfectly with the whiskey in this old fashioned, it’s not as sweet as you might think it would be, it really adds more of a tart flavor to the drink… and it’s mighty tasty.
Just muddle up a couple of tablespoons of the pomegranate seeds in a muddler (or in the bottom of your glass) with a few dashes of bitters and a little bit of sugar. Throw in some ice and then add your whiskey or bourbon and a splash of water.
Why the splash of water? My father-in-law always puts a splash of water in his drinks – not a lot, like a splash…maybe a 1/4 ounce. He says it “smoothes out the booze” and makes the drink taste better.
And I think he might be correct.
So get out your muddlers, open up those pomegranates and make up a few of these Pomegranate Old Fashioneds for your holiday party – then let the fun begin!
- 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 4-5 dashes orange bitters
- 2 ounces whiskey, or bourbon
- splash of water
- orange slices, for garnish
- Muddle the pomegranate seeds together with the sugar and bitters in a cocktail muddler. Pour into a rocks glass filled with ice.
- Add the whiskey to the glass along with a splash of water and stir.
- Garnish with more pomegranate seeds and a slice of orange.
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