Yes, mint again! After making that pesto, I still had some leftover. At first I wanted a mojito, which is one of my faaaaavorite cocktails, but I was out of rum (well, besides the Sea Island Java). I was out of sparkling water. To boot, I only had one viable lime left. Time to rumage again!
I discovered that I had almost a full bottle of gin (Honestly, I don’t even remember when I bought it, that’s how long it’s been since I’ve had it!) Now, I had recently had a Rose Cucumber Martini (Smelled nice and rosey, just like my Lemon Rose Martini!) at Amen Street in Charleston and it was gin based. Apparently gin scares off a lot of people, because that tended to be the answer as to why I was the only one who had ordered it. Not quite sure why that is. As I studied the bottle, I recalled gin’s herbal notes (confirmed by a sip) and thought it would go wonderful with mint… but I didn’t want to drink grass either. What to mix it with? Enter the lime, a traditional partner to gin. What else? Besides plain ol’ water, all I had to drink in the fridge was half a bottle of pomegranate juice.
I can’t even describe what was going on in my head as I cross referenced the flavors against each other in my mind, though if I could it would probably be quite comical lol. My cocktail vision was ready to become a delectable reality!
Gin and Minted Lime Pomegranate Martini
- 1 oz London Dry Gin
- 4 oz Pomegranate Juice
- 3 tbsp Minted Lime Simple Syrup (see below for ingredients)
- zest of 1 lime
- juice of 1 lime
- 1/4 cup mint leaves
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- Tear mint leaves roughly by hand and place in a small pot.
- Add lime zest, lime juice, sugar, and water to put and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
3. Reduce and simmer syrup for about 5 minutes to concentrate the flavor.
5. Set aside and allow to cool.
6. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes
7. Pour in 3 tbsp Minty Lime syrup, gin, and pomegranate juice.
8. Close cocktail and shaker and shake to mix
10. For garnish, drop a few frozen raspberries into each glass.