in celebration of friday: pomegranate cosmopolitan

While it may not be the most sophisticated drink, I have a thing for the cosmopolitan. When we’re having dinner out, I usually order a glass of wine since I’m more comfortable navigating a wine list. However, if I do order a cocktail, I’ll usually go for a cosmo or some other jazzed-up martini with some sweetness to it. And on beach vacations, I love a great piña colada.

But, alas, we are not at the beach and there is not a piña colada in sight. It is Friday, though, and that’s enough reason to celebrate. Let’s have a pomegranate cosmopolitan, shall we?

In the interest of full disclosure: I was sent samples of Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice by the good folks at Pom Wonderful. I accepted because I loved the product long before they offered to send me some, and I always have a bottle in my refrigerator.

Yield: 1 drink

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan

There are lots of recipes out there for the cosmopolitan, and almost all of them have four basic components - vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice, and cranberry juice. For this one, I just substituted pomegranate juice for the cranberry juice. Very simple to do.


1 1/2 ounces citrus vodka
1 ounce Cointreau
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice (juice from about 1/2 of a lime)
1/2 ounce pomegranate juice
1 cup ice
wedge of lime, for garnish


In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, and pomegranate juice. Add ice and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish glass with a wedge of lime.