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This pomegranate gin cocktail is a sweet & tart drink that is easy to make during the winter season. This pomegranate gin fizz is made with pomegranate juice, gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and a dash of club soda.
This fruity gin cocktail is perfect for the holidays, just like this gin espresso martini.
If you love flavored gin fizz recipes, you will love this raspberry gin fizz.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This cocktail is easy to make with store bought pomegranate juice, or fresh homemade pomegranate juice.
- This is the perfect fruity Thanksgiving or Christmas drink for serving guests.
- It is easy to make a mocktail variation to accommodate all your guests, as well as any kids.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Pomegranate Juice: You can use a high quality store bought pomegranate juice, or make your own from pomegranate arils. If it is pomegranate season, it will be cheaper to make your own juice, but this will take a bit more preparation.
- Gin: If you have a favorite type of gin, use that. A medium quality gin works best for this recipe. If you are serving this drink to guests who don’t like gin, you can easily replace the gin with vodka.
- Lemon Juice: Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor. You can use bottled lemon juice, but it is not as good quality.
- Simple Syrup: Make your own simple syrup or use a store bought one. A store bought simple syrup will taste the same as a homemade one, but it is much more expensive.
- Soda: Use club soda or any sort of bubbly water, such as Perrier, sparkling water, tonic or Sprite. Note that tonic and Sprite will add a bit of a sweeter flavor than club soda, Perrier or sparkling water.
- If you are planning to make your own pomegranate juice fresh, then you will need a juicer or a blender. However, you can get by with just a fine mesh strainer.
- A cocktail shaker to make the cocktail in.
- Highball glasses or rocks cocktail glasses to serve the cocktail in.
How To Make Fresh Pomegranate Juice
If it is pomegranate season, and you are looking for a way to use up extra pomegranate arils, making fresh pomegranate juice for this cocktail is a great option.
There are several methods for making pomegranate juice, depending on the time you have and the equipment you have available.
The first step is to cut the pomegranate and remove all the pomegranate arils. Then choose one of the following methods:
- Juicer: If you have a juicer, this is the quickest and easiest method for making pomegranate juice. Pass the pomegranate arils through the juicer. The juicer will remove all the seeds and leave the smoothest juice.
- Blender: Blend the pomegranate arils in a high quality blender. Don’t over-blend. You don’t want to blend the seeds, but just extract the juice. Once the juices have been released, pass the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove any seeds.
- By Hand: This method involves the most elbow grease, but it works if you don’t have a juicer or blender. Use a fork to mash the pomegranate arils until they release their juices. Then, pass the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds.
Step By Step Instructions
Step 1: Add the pomegranate juice, gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Step 2: Top with club soda and serve.
- Experiment with flavored simple syrups. Elevate this cocktail by using an herb-infused simple syrup instead of regular simple syrup. Try this rosemary simple syrup or this thyme simple syrup.
- Make it a mocktail. To make a mocktail variation of this drink, leave out the gin. If you find it is too sweet without the gin, leave out the simple syrup or add in an extra ½ oz of lemon juice.
- Chill the cocktail glasses. To keep your drink extra cold, chill the cocktail glasses in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours, or in the freezer for 30 minutes before serving.
To make your own simple syrup, heat equal portions of water and granulated sugar (ie. 1 cup water with 1 cup granulated sugar) in a saucepan over medium heat. Continue to heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has fully melted. Remove from the stove and let cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
If you are juicing your own pomegranates, keep in mind that one pomegranate will give you about ½ cup of juice. This is just a bit more than what you will need for one cocktail.
If I am not using freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, I use POM pomegranate juice to make this cocktail. However, you can use any high quality pomegranate juice. Try to avoid brands that are overly sugary.