Thanks to the folks at POM Wonderful I am swimming in pomegranates! Next weekend I’m hosting a pomegranate-themed dinner party, so not to worry, these four dozen (yes! four dozen!) beautiful crimson fruits will get gobbled up. But since I’m all about relaxed entertaining, the cooking will get done bit by bit all week long. So welcome to pomegranate week!
As far as I’m concerned, a good party starts with a great drink. Around here we tend to think of vodka as a blank canvas. Remember back over the summer when we made martinis with watermelon juice and basil infused vodka? (If not, check out the recipe here) Well, basil isn’t the only thing we’ve stuck in a bottle of vodka – cinnamon sticks, chili peppers, citrus peels, coffee beans. You name it, we’ve tried it.
But the bright pink color of this pomegranate vodka makes it by far the most fun of all our creations. Pomegranate vodka makes an awesome martini and is fantastic with a splash of orange juice. But I’m thinking that come Saturday evening we’ll just be sipping it chilled from tiny little glasses. In any case, it’s also a beautiful holiday gift. A nice glass bottle, maybe a little ribbon, you get the idea.
Don’t waste your money on pricey vodka for this. Actually, I’m not one for pricey vodka period. In grad school I had a marketing professor who used vodka to prove a point. As if her miniskirts and Russian accent weren’t enough, in-class vodka drinking certainly guaranteed attendance among my mostly male classmates. We did a blind taste test of more than a dozen brands at various price points and among 150 students not one of us could separate the top shelf from the bottom of the barrel. All of which is to say that cheap vodka plus pomegranate arils makes for a lovely libation.
2 large pomegranates
250 ml Vodka
Seed one of the pomegranates: slice off the ends of the fruit, score the skin in wedges, and over a bowl of water, open the pomegranate and remove the arils (the seeds). The arils will sink and the pith will float, making them easy to separate. Combine the arils with the vodka in a bottle. Let sit 5-7 days, turning upside down every so often. Strain the vodka, seed the remaining pomegranate, and combine the arils with the strained vodka. Let sit again for at least 3 days before straining and serving.