Last year’s best of show had returned…Pomegranate Whiskey Sour. Actually, I have a confession. Well, two confessions. First, we actually enjoyed Pomegranate Whiskey Sour last weekend. But, I was too thirsty to take photos. Second, we killed off our first bottle of whiskey this evening. The one purchased in November and cracked open Thanksgiving weekend. Fa-la-la….must be the holidays!
Here’s the thing about this cocktail: the ingredients are simple. And forgiving. By forgiving I mean play with the ratios. The entire cocktail is composed of lemon juice, pomegranate simple syrup and whiskey. That’s it. Sometimes I like it to be a little more citrus heavy, other times a little sweeter. The ingredients are adjusted accordingly. So, here’s your starting place. Play from there.
Pomegranate Whiskey Sour
Pomegranate simply syrup:
1/2 c water
1/2 c sugar
1 c pomegranate seeds
Mix water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat, add pomegranate seeds. Allow to cool. Toss into a blender. Blend. Strain, dispose of seeds. This will make enough for more than two cocktails. Because you will want more than just one.
The cocktail (makes one):
2 oz pomegranate simple syrup
2 oz fresh lemon juice (though I’ve been known to use bottled in a pinch)
4 oz bourbon or whiskey (don’t be shy)
Stir all ingredients together. Add ice. You’re welcome. You’re very, very welcome.