How to Make a Pomegranate Martini Like a Pro

Pomegranate Martini

Pomegranates are steeped in mythological lore and have been an enticing fixture of humanity's culinary palette for thousands of years, with creatives incorporating the bright red fruit into beloved dishes and drinks, like the pomegranate martini. Sometimes referred to as the pomtini, this bright red cocktail is wickedly good. Check out the best way to mix up this classic drink for yourself as well as look at a few of the delicious ways you can personalize the original recipe.

Pomegranate Martini

The classic pomegranate martini combines a citrus and pomegranate palette across liquors, liqueurs, and juices to create that ruby red drink that you know and love. This single-serving recipe clocks in at only 186 calories.

Pomegranate Martini

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce triple sec
  • 1½ ounces orange vodka
  • Dash orange blossom water (optional)
  • Ice
  • Orange twist for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the pomegranate juice, lemon juice, triple sec, orange vodka, and orange blossom water if you choose to include it.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass and garnish with an orange twist.

Pomegranate Martini Variations

Branch out and experiment a little with your classic Pomegranate Martini recipe using these creative variations.

Virgin Pomegranate Martini

For those nights when it's your turn to be the designated driver, try out this alcohol-free version of the pomegranate martini. You can doubly enjoy this drink considering that this single-serving recipe clocks in at only 86 calories.

Virgin Pomegranate Martini

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon orange blossom water
  • Ice
  • Orange sparkling water
  • Orange twist for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the pomegranate juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, and orange blossom water.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass and top with orange sparkling water.
  4. Stir with a stirring stick or cocktail spoon and garnish with an orange twist.

Swing Club Martini

Ground clove adds a spiciness to this modern take on the regular pomegranate martini. Coming in at just 193 calories, this cocktail is a perfect pick-me-up.

Swing Club Martini

Ingredient

  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce triple sec
  • 1½ ounces orange vodka
  • ¼ tablespoon ground clove
  • Ice
  • Orange peel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the pomegranate juice, lemon juice, triple sec, orange vodka, and clove.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass and express a citrus peel over the top of the drink by twisting the peel in between your fingers just over the liquid.
  4. Garnish with the used orange peel and serve.

Blueberry Pomegranate Martini

Blueberries and pomegranates have always complemented each other, and they continue to do so in this martini recipe. Weighing in at 192 calories, this drink serves as a perfect mid-day break from your regularly scheduled hydration routine.

Blueberry Pomegranate Martini

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce blueberry liqueur
  • 1½ ounces vanilla vodka
  • Ice
  • Blueberry skewer for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the pomegranate juice, lemon juice, blueberry liqueur, and vanilla vodka.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the optional blueberry skewer.

Pear-y Good Pomegranate Martini

This pear-y good pomegranate martini is only 177 calories and unites pears and pomegranates together in a light, refreshing drink.

Pear-y Good Pomegranate Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 pear, halved
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 1½ ounces pear vodka
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine one half of the pear and the lime juice. Muddle the two together and add the pomegranate juice and pear vodka.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass and serve.

Spring Morning Martini

There's nothing quite like the quiet, dewy feeling of a spring morning, and this cocktail tries it's best to replicate some of that feeling in a glass. Only 194 calories, this spring morning martini, switches up the regular pomegranate martini recipe by supplementing vodka for gin.

Spring Morning Martini

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce triple sec
  • 1½ ounces gin
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the pomegranate juice, lime juice, Triple Sec, and gin.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass (stemless or otherwise) and serve.

Garnishes

There are several ways to garnish a pomegranate martini, but these are the most popular choices:

  • Citrus peel, either lemon or lime
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Sugared rim
  • Mint sprigs

Quick and Easy Adjustments

Half of the fun of making a cocktail is tailoring it to fit your palette, and there's a countless number of ways that you can give the pomegranate martini the personal treatment:

  • Substitute vodka with other light liquors like gin, silver tequila, or even light rum.
  • Add a splash of sparkling water to create a lighter, less potent drink.
  • Add a tablespoon of flavored syrups to lend the drink some sweetness.
  • Use pomegranate liqueur instead of pomegranate juice to maximize the alcohol content.

Devilishly Delicious

Whether you're looking forward to a quiet night at home or are planning on going out on the town, with a pomegranate martini in hand, you'll be ready to take on the world. Take the time to sip this vibrant drink slowly and make sure you enjoy every last drop.

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