All those beautiful pomegranates sitting in displays every time I go through the store. They've been calling to me. We got them less than once a year when I was little. Probably due to the fact they they were scarce in our little town, but also because they were a pain to de-seed. Lately, posts have been going around about a super easy way to seed them. I mean like in a matter of minutes. Well it works! I just sliced around the middle instead of straight through and then pried it in half to preserve the seeds. Then you push on the bottom to loosen a little before tapping with a wooden spoon. Now, if you happen to push too hard and break off a piece, you can still successfully use the spoon technique on that piece to get the seeds out. Believe me, it happened twice.
I have been doing a lot of baking for other people the past few weeks and it gets a bit stressful. Especially since I am also starting holiday baking as well. Croutons and cranberry sauce and such. Enter the antioxidant loaded cocktail! Take a moment to relax in between batches of whatever... If you can't find fresh pomegranates, you can always use a cherry for a garnish.
¼ cup vodka
½ cup pomegranate cherry juice (or ¼ cup each pom and cherry juice)
1/3 cup simple syrup or to taste
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
¼ cup pomegranate arils
½ cup crushed ice
Rim two 4-6 oz. cocktail glasses with sugar and set aside.
In a cocktail mixer, combine vodka, juices and simple syrup. Add ice and shake to mix.
Add a couple tablespoons pomegranate arils to each glass and pour the drink over top.
(Please drink responsibly.)