September Cooking Club Part 1: Pomegranate Mint Gin Fizz September 3, 2010Posted by Angela @ Making Food for Friends in cooking club, drinks.
Tags: cittadel, gin, pomegranate
Our cooking club theme this time was Mediterranean, and I chose to do the salad and drinks. Salad post is coming later, but I wanted to share this drink as well. When I think about drinks from the Mediterranean region, wine and sangria (and ouzo!) immediately come to mind. But I wanted to make a cocktail. I googled for a Mediterranean cocktail recipe on the web, and came across a thread on the Chowhound message boards that gave me an idea for a pomegranate mint drink. Here’s what I came up with. It takes a little bit of time to go through all the steps, but if you can boil liquids and have just a small amount of patience, it’s easy to pull together. Unfortunately I did not take a picture of the drink, so I am ripping a picture off the internet of what it COULD look like, just so you know.
Pomegranate Mint Gin Fizz
2 parts gin
1 part mint simple syrup
1 part lime juice
1/2 part pomegranate molasses
Top with club soda
To make pomegranate molasses:
16 oz. of pure pomegranate juice
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 cup lemon juice
To make mint simple syrup:
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
handful of fresh mint leaves, crushed
Fresh lime juice
Gin (I know nothing about gin and chose my brand solely based on looks: Cittadel gin. Very delicious. It might be because it has 19 herbs and spices included, whereas the other gins I inspected had fewer than 10.)
First, make your pomegranate molasses, because it’ll take the longest. Put 16 ounces of pure pomegranate juice, 1/4 cup of sugar, and 1/8 cup of lemon juice in a pot and bring it to a boil. After it comes to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and let it simmer away for at least an hour. The liquid should reduce significantly, leaving you with about 1/2 cup of very concentrated, red liquid.
After you have your pomegranate simmering, start your mint simple syrup. Simple syrup is made with a ratio of 1:1 water:sugar. I used 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar in this case. Add the water and sugar to a pot, crush/tear a handful of fresh mint leaves, and add them to the mixture. Let it come to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 15-20 minutes. The liquid should be a nice light green at the end. You don’t want this simple syrup to reduce as much as the pomegranate molasses. Mine was still pretty watery (not syrup-y) when I took it off the heat after 15-20 minutes of simmering.
Let both the pomegranate molasses and mint simple syrup cool.
Mix your drink in a big pitcher following the ratios listed at the top of the recipe. At the end, I had about 1/2 cup of pomegranate molasses, so I used that for my basis and added the following to a pitcher:
1/2 cup pomegranate molasses
1 cup lime juice
1 cup mint simple syrup
2 cups gin
Mix it all together, and top off with club soda as you pour individual drinks. You can garnish with lime slices or mint sprigs, if you’re fancy.