We had a Mexican-themed dinner with friends for Sukkot the other night (we renamed the holiday Mexukkot…lol) and I needed a signature cocktail to serve. I wanted to do something a little different than just your regular margarita. Years ago I printed out a recipe for a drink called a “Pomerita” (a margarita made with pomegranate juice), that we’ve made many, many times. Perfect. Pomegranates are one of the Seven Species of Israel (remember the Seven Species Salad???). My mixologist husband Tony adapted the recipe a bit and came up with what we are now calling a Sukkah-rita! Que bueno. L’chaim!
(for each drink)
1-1/2 ounces very good quality tequila
1/2 ounce Cointreau
3-1/2 ounces pomegranate juice
juice of one lime
1/2 ounce agave syrup
For garnish – sugar, lime, pomegranate seeds
Pour a couple of tablespoons sugar onto a small plate. If you want to be really fancy, zest the peel from one lime and mix with the sugar.
Rub the cut half of a lime around the rim of your glass and dip that into the sugar mixture. Fill your glass with ice.
Add all other ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add enough ice to fill the shaker about three-quarters full and give it a good shake. Once you’ve given it a good Tom Cruise (or, in this case, Tony Bruser) style hippy, hippy shake, strain it into your ice-filled glass.
Garnish with a lime peel twist and a few pomegranate seeds.