pomegranate martini pomegranate martini Israeli Kitchen Enjoy the sophistication of a martini while also reaping the health benefits of pomegranate. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Pomegranate martini

A deep-red, intensely flavored cocktail with pomegranate juice and a splash of vodka. No olive necessary.

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  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Prep time: 5 minutes

James Bond didn't invent the martini, but he certainly made it popular. And now, 53 years after the release of the first movie in the iconic franchise, the martini holds strong as a symbol of sophistication, elegance and mystique.

In reality, making my own martini didn't exactly make me feel like a Bond girl, but it was surprisingly fun, and my friend and I spent the evening reveling in the super-smooth, perfectly tangy flavor of pomegranate without getting too sauced. Something to be proud of, I guess?

We used Absolut Citron for the vodka and tried the martini both ways – with the Cointreau and the orange juice – and both were equally delicious. The surprise with this martini is the smooth sweetness you taste; it almost makes you wonder if someone snuck in sweetener. But it’s the real deal, no sugar added, with an amazingly pure, delicious taste and just the right touch of alcohol. And the best part? You're reaping the health benefits that pomegranates provide, while also taking the edge off your day.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1 ounce orange Cointreau or a splash of orange juice
  • Ice

Directions

Chill martini glasses for about 15 minutes before preparing drinks.

Put all ingredients into shaker.

Shake. (Don't stir.) Pour. Drink.

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