Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and that means I have cocktails on the brain. One of my favorite cocktail discoveries as of late is this refreshing Pomegranate Mojito that was concocted by my friend Ben Brewer of Israel Food Tours. I came upon it while doing research on Jewish cocktails for an article in the Jewish Daily Forward and simply fell in love. Although in the article I proposed it as a Sukkot-appropriate drink, the truth is I could sip on this all year long.
I admit it’s a little summery for New York (and even Israel) in January, but that’s just the ticket to transport you to a more tropical state of mind this new year’s. And for my friends on the other side of the world, well, this is just in time for your warm-weather holiday. Wherever you are, it’s sure to put you in a festive mood.
The cocktail couldn’t be easier to put together. Simply mix rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and pomegranate juice in a glass and add crushed mint leaves. Done. The presentation is gorgeous as well, and with all that red and green who says it can’t be a holiday drink? The tart pomegranate juice perfectly balances the sugar and plays nicely off the mint. Easy drinking doesn’t even begin to describe this cocktail. I apologize to those in Israel who can’t find any limes right now. I still have some frozen lime juice stashed in my freezer for an occasion just like this.
- 1 to 1.5 ounces white rum
- 1 ounce sugar or simple syrup (add more as you like)
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 to 3 sprigs fresh mint
- 1 ounce pomegranate juice
- Pomegranate seeds
- Club soda
- Select a big glass with room for plenty of ice.
- Put rum, lime juice, simple syrup and pomegranate juice in glass. Mix well. Taste, and add more sugar or limejuice if needed. Add some crushed lime peel if you like.
- Crush mint leaves from one sprig, add to drink and mix.
- Add a handful of pomegranate seeds.
- Add a one-second to second-and-a-half pour of club soda.
- Top glass with ice.
- Garnish with remaining mint leaves.
For this week’s blog hop I want to see your favorite cocktail recipes! What will you be drinking tomorrow night?
Happy New Year!