Pomegranate drinks are all the rage these days. The holidays might be over for now, but that doesn’t mean that have to stop making awesome cocktails. The Pomegranate Swizzle is the drink we are going to break down for you today.
- 1 oz blue agave tequila
- 2 oz POM Pomegranate juice
- 1/2 oz vanilla vodka
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 1 oz whipping cream
- Pomegranate seeds and/or crushed candy canes for garnish
Pour all liquid ingredients except heavy cream into tall glass with ice. One half ounce vanilla syrup can be substituted for vanilla vodka and simple syrup if you have it on hand, otherwise, don’t worry about it. In a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and strain out cream on top of the juice mixture. This chilling of the cream helps a little with layering. Put garnish of pomegranate seeds on top. You can also use a pinch of crushed candy cane if you have it on hand. Drink up and enjoy!
This drink can’t sit around all day, or the cream will begin to clump as it mixes with the juice and alcohol. The layering effect gives it a taste reminiscent of fruit on the bottom yogurt, as the cream and then the juice mixture is consumed.
This pomegranate cocktail takes about two minutes to prepare. Although far from the widest known cocktail, the Pomegranate Swizzle is a great holiday drink. You have all these different flavors intermingling. The tequila gives it a bit of a kick, and the creamy top gives a nice contrast to the pomegranate below. Think of it as an alcoholic smoothie, except it’s layered, not blended.
A Brief History of Pomegranates
Pomegranates originally were native to Persia, between India and the area that is Iran today. The fruit was brought to China in the First Century B.C. Eventually the fruit made its way to ancient Italy, then to Spain around 800 A.D., and finally to England in the very early 1500s. The pomegranate was brought to the Americas by the Spanish conquistadors, where it still grows today in the West and Deep South.
Pomegranates are extolled for their health benefits. The pomegranate is full of antioxidants and helps fight heart disease and hardening of the arteries. Pomegranates are an part of ancient folklore; ancient Persians believed that Eve bit from a pomegranate and not an apple. (Actually, the fruit is never explicitly named). Pomegranate juice has been used as a mixer for cocktails more in recent times, as that particular product has become more readily available.