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4 Refreshing Pomegranate Cocktail Recipes

Updated on September 9, 2011
Cross-section of a pomegranate
Cross-section of a pomegranate | Source

Pomegranate is all the rage right now. In addition to having many health benefits, it's also delicious! So why not treat yourself to a refreshing pomegranate cocktail? This fruit has long been used to make grenadine, which has lent flavor and color to many a drink over the years. But these days, with the emphasis on using as many fresh ingredients as possible, we're moving towards using pomegranate juice instead. It's incredibly versatile, and pairs well with light and dark liquors, as well as champagne and rosé. I've included a variety of favorites below, so there's sure to be something to fit your personal taste!

Pomegranate Manhattan

I recently wrote a Hub about rye whiskey cocktails that included the traditional Manhattan recipe, but this is a really fun twist.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz whiskey (your choice)
  • 1/4 cup pure pomegranate juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, then fill with ice and shake until a few seconds after the outside feels cold to the touch. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Note: if your taste runs to the sweeter side, add 1/2 tsp of fine sugar or simple syrup. When using sugar, make sure you have shaken the cocktail until it has dissolved!

Double-Pom Grenade

This rum cocktail uses both fresh pomegranate juice and grenadine, creating a pom-tastic explosion of flavor in your mouth. This recipe serves one, but why not serve up a pitcher at your next backyard barbecue?

Ingredients

  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 1/3 cup pure pomegranate juice
  • 1/3 cup seltzer or soda water
  • 2 Tbsp grenadine
  • squeeze of lime

Instructions

Stir together all ingredients and pour into a tall glass. Top with ice, and garnish with a twist of lime.

Pomegranate Mimosas

These are easiest to make in a batch, with an entire bottle of champagne. They're great for a brunch with the ladies, or a pick-me-up on a hot summer afternoon.

This recipe makes about 8 servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Champagne or Cava, pre-chilled
  • 2 cups pure pomegranate juice, chilled
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice, chilled
  • 1/2 cup Cointreau or other orange liqueur

Instructions

First, combine the orange liqueur with both juices in a large pitcher. Slowly add the sparkling wine, stirring gently. Serve immediately, in Champagne flutes.

Pomegrante Sangria

This less-than-traditional sangria recipe is super easy, and super delicious. Like the mimosa recipe, it makes more sense to mix this up in a batch. This recipe makes about 8 drinks.

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles of rosé wine
  • 1 cup pure pomegranate juice
  • 1 large green apple
  • 1 large ripe orange
  • 1 cup raspberries

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a large container, and let chill at least 1 hour before serving. Can be served over ice, or as is. You can also use additional frozen raspberries as ice cubes, which keeps the drink cold without diluting it.

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      18 months ago from New York

      Love this hub

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      Tonmoy 5 years ago

      Great recipe with looking delicious . I think it also be nutritious because i give priority and it is need for our good health.

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Why did I come upon this hub so late? I could do both with the whiskey variety and the rum variety. All other juices are so well known, but pomegranate cocktail is new to me. Thanks and voted up. I need to bookmark this.

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      jojokaya 5 years ago from USA

      Look delicious

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      These look amazing. What a fun way to use pomegranate juice. I like to mix it with cranberry juice and club soda - makes a refreshing treat over shaved ice... and you can add a splash or two of your favorite white rum if desired.

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      Miss Paula 5 years ago

      These look really good, love to try different things. Flag you up!!!!!!.

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      beginners-dslr 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Maddie, I love pomegranate and thanks for the great pomegranate recipes! Recent studies of the health-boosting properties of antioxidant-rich pomegranate suggest that the antioxidant action of its juice is 3X more potent than a similar quantity of red wine and green tea. Voted up!

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      Barbara Bethard 5 years ago from Tucson, Az

      this does sound wonderful, especially for a get together! just cant decide which one to make :) the grenae, mimosa and sangria yumm! but I too am leaning towards the sangria like Kitty!

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I don't often drink alcohol, but your mimosa recipe sounds delicious. I'll just substitute ginger ale for champagne; it'll still be a refreshing drink. Thanks for the recipes.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Ohhh, I love pomegranate and these recipes look amazing! I'll have to try out the Sangria! Thanks. Voted up and useful.

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      Dallas W Thompson 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Thanks for the information! Flag up!

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      Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

      Great recipes and I love pomegrante. Thank you.

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      Robin 5 years ago from USA

      These look delicious! I love pomegranate drinks.

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      Jason Menayan 5 years ago from San Francisco

      These look great. Pomegranate juice has a gorgeous color and a nice tang to it. These cocktails just add another kick or two. ;)

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Maddie, another set of delicious drinks. I love pomegranate. I can make my own pomegranate juice so I'll use that.

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      Twila Nelson 5 years ago from Carmichael, California

      Very nice set of pomegranate mixed cocktails. Thank you.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      I got so excited, Maddie, when I glanced at the title of your recipe for the second cocktail: "Double-PORN Grenade." Wow! That should be a doozy of a drink.

      Then I went back and read it again. What a downer. The word Porn was really Pom. :)

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