Create a festive twist on the more classic lime rickeys by making your own pomegranate syrup!
Makes 8 fizzy and fun cocktails.
- 1 cup of 100% pure pomegranate juice
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 cup of gin
- 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 6 cups of chilled seltzer water
- Ice cubes
- Pomegranate seeds for garnish
To make the pomegranate syrup, combine the juice and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. (This can be made in advance and stored in your fridge the way you would a simple syrup.) Stir constantly for 2 minutes or until sugar has dissolved. Raise the heat slightly and bring to a boil for about another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and refrigerate until cool.
To prepare the cocktails, for each drink, combine 2 Tablespoons of pomegranate syrup, 2 Tablespoons of gin, and 1 Tablespoon of lime juice in each of 8 tall glasses. Stir gently. Fill the glasses to the top with ice cubes. Sprinkle the pomegranate seeds over the cubes. You can also add them at the end, but I found that they ‘hung’ around better because they got caught in between the cubes. Slowly pour in 6 oz of chilled seltzer. Serve immediately! (These are equally pretty when they have been fully stirred!)
This is a fun twist on a classic…so it makes sense to enjoy this while viewing this fun clip on one of my favorite singers, Nina Simone….singing one of her all time classics! Enjoy!