A Tropical Cocktail for a Tropical Storm

I know everyone on the East Coast has already stocked up on groceries and other essentials this weekend in preparation for Hurricane Irene, as we all watch every moment of its journey North. My sister and many other friends had to evacuate from Red Hook to higher ground in Manhattan, and relatives in Long Island had to do the same. I wish I had a pantry meal ready to go for those who are homebound right now, but I’m running low on stockpiled recipes. Instead, I’ve got the next best thing: a cocktail.

This cocktail came into existence quite a few months ago when we had some people over for an impromptu cocktail party. I made it up for my friend and fellow food blogger Beth and it turned out to be a big hit amongst everyone. With just a few ingredients – vodka or gin, pomegranate juice, grapefruit juice, and mint-infused simple syrup – it’s easy to make and a real crowd pleaser. It’s slightly sweet and quite tart, and the mint gives it backbone. Undeniably refreshing, it’s also just as good sans booze for a non-alcoholic thirst quencher.

Knowing that I can be quite forgetful, especially with a few drinks in me, I wisely scribbled down the recipe and called it The B7, after Be’er Sheva. I considered renaming it the Irene something after this weekend’s hurricane but figure there will be plenty of cocktails named after her soon enough. Whatever you want to call it, cheers! Enjoy, and be safe this weekend.

A Tropical Cocktail for a Tropical Storm
 
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Yield: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce vodka or gin
  • 1 ounce pomegranate juice (preferably fresh squeezed)
  • ½ to 1 ounce grapefruit juice (preferably fresh squeezed)
  • ½ ounce mint simple syrup
Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously to combine all ingredients. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve immediately.

 

 

The B7

Yield: 1 cocktail

INGEDIENTS:
1 ounce vodka or gin
1 ounce pomegranate juice (preferably fresh squeezed)
½ to 1 ounce grapefruit juice (preferably fresh squeezed)
½ ounce mint simple syrup

METHOD:
Combine all ingredients and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously to combine all ingredients. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve immediately.

27 thoughts on “A Tropical Cocktail for a Tropical Storm

  1. kristy

    What a gorgeous cocktail…love the combination! Frankly, the storm sounds pretty scary. Hope everyone will survive through that! May god bless them all.
    Have a great day.
    Kristy

  2. Manu

    Glad to hear things are getting better in the East Coast! <3

    Mmmm this B7 (cool name BTW!) looks soooo refreshing! I love the intense colour as well. I am getting into "cocktail mood" as spring approaches! 🙂

    • Katherine

      Thanks Manu! I forgot to mention in the post that I called it the B7 because that’s the nickname for Be’er Sheva, where I live (sheva is 7 in Hebrew)! It will definitely be great come springtime – I think this might just be a good year-round cocktail!

  3. Alli @Peasepudding

    The cocktail looks great and we will soon be into cocktail season here as our winter draws to an end. Good to hear all those you know are same, nothing worse than living overseas and watching turmoil where family live.

    • Katherine

      Yes, I always forget your seasons are reversed from ours! And you’re so right, things happening overseas always seem so much worse than they really are. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    • Katherine

      Thank you so much Nami 🙂 Everyone at home is safe, thank you so much! The news hyped everything up so much it was hard to tell what the actual risks are, but seems like all is well!

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