Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ask for Joe

Some fans of my cocktails came back from Trader Joe's with a new ingredient - Pomegranate Lime juice. We got it on a hot, hot Sunday, and mixed it into a number of new drinks.

1. Mixed with Flor Cana rum in a highball glass with lots of ice: Nice. Seems to have the feeling, if not the actual taste, of coconut

2. Mixed with vodka in a highball glass with lots of ice: Not really a pom cosmo.

3. This one:

Free Trader

1 shot Trader Joe's Pom Lime juice
1 shot rum
1 oz Malibu coconut rum
1/2 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur

Shake over ice and serve up in a martini glass

Going by my previous definition of a Mai Tai (fruit juice, 2 rums, orgeat or other nutty accent), this pretty much qualifies. And St. Germain has a rather tropical flavor, similar to lychee. But the effect is very different: The pomegranate and elderflower have a grassy, botanical effect. The rum/lime/coconut aren't as tropical as you'd expect.

In conclusion: St. Germain liqueur - yum.

Bonus cocktail: Add a shot of pomegranate lime juice to a margarita. I call it a Pommy Bastard.

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