Pomegranates, chock full of vitamin C and high in fiber, are just the fruit naughty mixed drinks need to make them healthier -- and tastier. A pomegranate's sweet and tart flavors are found in its flesh, the juice made from it, and even its seeds, and each part can be worked into modern mixology. Whether mixing with one of its products or a pomegranate-flavored substance, you can mix many different kinds of alcoholic and non-alcoholic pomegranate drinks.
We Got the Juice
Pomegranate juice's tartness complements the sugars found in different liquors -- vodka, rum, whiskey and even tequila -- will mix well with it. For a simple cocktail, pour 2 parts vodka or rum and 1 part pomegranate juice into a highball filled with ice and top with soda. More adventurous cocktails include a pomegranate margarita, which are 4 parts tequila and 1 part orange liqueur on ice top with pomegranate juice and a splash of lime, and a bourbon punch, which is 4 parts bourbon, 2 parts simple syrup, 1.5 parts sweet vermouth, 0.5 parts lemon juice and a few splashes of orange bitters.
Deep-Seeded and Fleshy
You can put a pomegranate's seeds and flesh to good use in mixing. Muddle the pomegranate seeds in a cocktail shaker, then add 4 parts tequila, 2 parts passion fruit juice, 1 part simple syrup and ice, shake and strain into a martini glass for different kind of pomegranate margarita or just drop a few seeds into a glass of sparkling wine for a hint of flavor. If you’re working with the fruit's flesh, then muddle a large slice of pomegranate in a shaker tin, then add 3 parts vodka, 1 part apple juice and a splash of simple syrup, shake and strain into a martini glass.
Pomegranate-flavored liquors, such as vodka and pomegranate liqueur, effectively mimic the taste of pomegranate while blending well with other liquors and mixers. Pomegranate liqueur, a low proof alcohol, flavors drinks without overpowering them, and it mixes well with lighter alcoholic beverages like sparkling wine in cocktails like the champagne dream, which is 4 parts each pomegranate liqueur and sparkling wine, 1 part orange and 2 parts orange juice. Pomegranate-flavored vodka easily substitutes regular vodka in all kinds of cocktails -- try pomegranate vodka in classics like a cosmopolitan, which is 6 parts vodka, 4 parts cranberry juice and 2 parts each orange liqueur.
All the Taste With None of the Fun
For times that call for non-alcoholic beverages, pomegranate products can add enough flavor so you don't miss the booze. Mix pomegranate juice with other fruit juices or sodas for a soothing mocktail, like a pomegranate-citrus juice with 2 parts each pomegranate, grapefruit, orange and tangerine juices, 1 part lime juice, ice and topped with soda, or add a splash of pomegranate syrup or grenadine, which is pomegranate-flavored, to your favorite soft drink. For drinks with the actual fruit, try a pomegranate-mint spritzer -- deseed a pomegranate, juice or muddle it, add a few sprigs of mint, shake it in an ice-filled cocktail shaker, then top it with club soda.