Originally written August 2015.
The Alluring Power of the Pomegranate in a Glass
Hades knew he could trick Persephone to take pomegranate seeds before she was rescued. The allure of the pomegranate seeds was powerful enough to hold her hostage in the underworld for a portion of the year creating what we know is winter. The ancients thought that pomegranates were the fruit of the underworld.
Pomegranates are thought to have been the real forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge that ultimately cast them out of the Garden of Eden.
Here is a drink that will trick you into thinking it is all innocent. Its blush is dark pink, but it has a punch. In fact, this was adapted from a Ina Garten punch recipe measured in cups. Good GAWD, woman!
My wheelhouse is complex and challenging drinks. This cocktail isn’t complex or challenging. It is meant to trick you and drag you into the underworld. Enjoy.
2 oz Vodka (I am using Blue Ice Potato Vodka)
1 oz Cointreau
1 oz Pom Pomegranate Juice
1/2 oz lime juice (totally optional)
If you forget the lime juice, the cocktail is even more sneaky and smooth. It is just like the Kool-Aid you got just before naptime in Kindergarten. All you need to do is add a couple of graham crackers with it, and you will be napping on the floor on your towel in no time. Just like Kindergarten.
All the other cocktails, the ingredients tell you they are not fooling around. They are high octane, high alcohol mofos. This cocktail thanks to stealthy vodka, hides and then gets you when you underestimate its power.
So put on your thinking caps, children before you go out and play with this. It seems innocent. Remember what Persephone discovered: What seemed like innocent pomegranate seeds turned out to be more than she bargained for.