Cranegranatini

I dreamt about this cocktail last night.  Really.  I’m not kidding. You see, I have all these pomegranate seeds and a couple of whole pomegranates in my kitchen right now.  One of my coworkers has a tree and keeps bringing them to share.  They are so beautiful and so delicious, but now I’m left trying to think of things to make with them.  (You’ll get the Oatmeal/Pomegranate/White Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe soon.)

Of course, I couldn’t stop thinking about this whole cocktail idea at work today.  We’ve already done a Pomerita, but I wanted to do something a little different. I thought about a Cosmo.  And then I remembered seeing Cranberry-Pomegranate juice at the grocery store.  Voilá!  The Cranegranatini is invented.  (Oh yes, and this is all taking place while I’m at work…yikes).

So I text Tony and ask him if he could please pick up some Cranberry-Pomegranate juice.  He doesn’t even ask why.  He just does it.  And then I get home from work and I tell him about the Cranegranatini.  We even have some cranberries in the freezer!  An hour later, he’s shaking one up.  That’s just one of the reasons I love him so much.

It was absolutely delightfully fantastic and it will be the perfect “signature cocktail” for Thanksgiving!  We’re going to make them.  And I think you should too!

Cranegranatini

INGREDIENTS

Makes two cocktails

2 oz. vodka

2 oz. Cranberry-Pomegranate juice

1/2 oz. Cointreau or triple sec

1/2 oz. fresh lime juice

Sugar (for rimming glass…I actually used Maple Sugar from Trader Joe’s)

Lime twist, fresh cranberries and fresh pomegranate seeds (for garnish)

 DIRECTIONS

Pour a couple of tablespoons sugar onto a small plate.  Rub the cut half of a lime around the rim of your glass and dip that into the sugar mixture.

Combine vodka, Cranberry-Pomegranate juice, Cointreau and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake until chilled and strain into a martini glass.

Garnish with lime twist, a couple of fresh cranberries and a few pomegranate seeds.

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