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The Pom and Tonic

The Pom and Tonic

1 Servings


  • Ice

  • 1 1/2 ounces Charbay pomegranate vodka

  • Tonic water

  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig

Recipe Preparation

  • Fill lowball with ice and pour vodka over. Top with tonic water and garnish with sprig of rosemary.

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1. Measure your gin and pour it into a cocktail shaker.

2. Add all of the other ingredients except for the soda water and shake, shake, shake.

3. Pour your delicious drink into two glasses and top up with soda water. Add mint, lime and fresh pomegranate rubies to the glass and serve.

We hope this recipe serves as ginspiration for your next celebratory refreshment but we encourage experimenting and trying out your own ideas with this beautiful, versatile tipple of the moment.

1. Botanist & Tonic

This is a delicious drink attached to a great cause, because the gin brand, The Botanist, is doubling their $5 donations to the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) for every Botanist & Tonic purchased at participating bars/restaurants in key cities across the country over MDW. The participating bars and restaurants can be found on To make your own at home, use 2 oz The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, premium tonic water and garnish with seasonal fruits or herbs.

Is Tonic Water and Club Soda the same thing?

The short answer is no. You could use club soda in this cocktail recipe, but the taste would definitely be different. You can use seltzer water and club soda interchangeably in recipes, but tonic water is different. Tonic water is a drink in which quinine is dissolved. It has a distinct bitter flavor that is different from other clear sodas. It is also sweetened, so it has calories and added sugar unlike when you look at the label for club soda.

So if you are looking to mix up your classic cocktail and get away from the traditional try this Pomegranate Gin and Tonic. It is refreshing, sweet, tart, and delicious! And if you are looking for more ways to use gin try this Aperol Gin Cocktail.

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Summer is here and the heat is on so why not cool things off with these pomegranate inspired drinks that will make any party something special.

Photos courtesy of POM Wonderful

Red POMegranate Moscow Muleor just Red Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule gets its name from the ginger beer that “kicks you like a mule” with every sip. Our version gets an extra kick with a splash of POM juice. To make a mocktail, simply replace the vodka with extra ginger beer.

  • 1 cup (8 oz) ginger beer
  • 1 cup (8 oz) POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons agave
  • 10 to 14 splashes Orange Bitters
  • 3 oz vodka
  • Crushed Ice
  • POM POM Fresh Arils and lime wedges for garnish

• In a small pitcher stir together ginger beer, POM juice, lime, agave, orange bitters (to taste), and vodka. Divide mix between two Moscow Mule copper mugs and top with crushed ice to fill cup. Garnish with POM POMS and lime wedges.

POM Rose / Rose of POM / POMPOMs are Red

POM juice, rose water, gin, and tonic combine for a refreshing cocktail. Garnish with rose petals for a beautiful presentation. For a mocktail, simply leave out the gin and increase the POM juice and tonic water.

  • ½ cup (4 oz) POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
  • ¾ cup (6 oz) tonic water
  • 3 oz gin
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • Crushed ice
  • Rose petals
  • POM POM Fresh Arils

• Stir to combine POM juice, tonic water, gin, and rose water in a small pitcher. Add ice to two glasses and top with drink mix. Garnish with rose petals and POM POMS.

POMegranate Strawberry Mojito

  • 2 strawberries, sliced
  • 8 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ cup (4 oz) POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz rum
  • ½ cup seltzer
  • POM POM Fresh Arils for garnish (optional)
  • Ice

• Divide strawberries, mint, and sugar between the glasses and muddle together. Fill glasses half full of ice.

• Add half the POM juice, lime juice and rum to each glass, then top off with seltzer and stir. Garnish with POM POMS, lime, and mint.

Pomegranate Lime Spritzers

This time last year this blog didn’t exist. I was working at a coffee shop in a city I despised, John was only halfway through law school – which he hated – and ‘our life’ as we’d planned it just wasn’t where we’d hoped. The funny thing is, our circumstances were all a result of decisions we had made, whether actively or passively. And despite our careful planning and forethought, we simply weren’t happy with the direction we were headed. We all know what you’re supposed to do in these situations: Remain positive and keep putting one foot in front of the other even if the road ahead appears grim.

But on New Year’s Eve of 2011, we did just the opposite.

As we sat in our third-story one bedroom apartment with our blinds open, listening to the sound of rain tick the sides of our building and fireworks go off in the distance, we talked about our lives: what we wanted, what we didn’t want, what it would take to get there, what was holding us back, and if it was possible to achieve.

The conversation was one of the best we’d had yet, one that honestly changed the trajectory of our lives as a married couple and as individuals possibly forever. That night we decided if we don’t like something we change it, and if there’s something we want to do – be it as small as starting a website or as big as traveling the world – we find a way to do it. From the outside looking in, we look like crazy people sometimes. But if we’re doing what we love, does it really matter?

We’ve realized it’s extremely important to ask yourself – and ask often – what it is you really want to be doing with your day, your week, your life, otherwise you drift, begin reacting instead of enacting, and never really end up where you want to be. If you want something bad enough you can make it happen, you just have to remove the distractions and find a way. After all, if your happiness is at stake is there really any other option?

One year later we are leaps and bounds closer to where we want to be. John graduates from law school in May – thank God I balance my time between writing, cooking and photography and we have our eyes set on where we want to be in the next few years. Honestly, it feels amazing, liberating and totally worth raising a glass to. I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings. If we make half the progress we made in 2012, I can only expect it to be awesome.

So cheers to a New Year, and thanks in advance for celebrating with us in 2013. Here’s one seriously fine cocktail to kick things off.

Pomegranate Lime Basil Mocktail

A light and refreshing mocktail to help ring in the new year! Using only 6 ingredients this couldn’t be easier!

  • Author: Sweet Lizzy
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1 x
  • Category: Beverage
  • Cuisine: Paleo


To make the pomegranate syrup:

1 cup fresh pomegranate juice

1/2 tbsp chopped fresh basil


  1. Whisk together the ingredients for the pomegranate syrup
  2. Pour one part pomegranate syrup and one part sparkling water in a glass over ice.
  3. Garnish with a lime slice, fresh pomegranate arils and a fresh basil leaf.

Keywords: mocktail, pomegranate, paleo, lime, basil

Chocolate Slime

Not only is this recipe edible, but it’s naturally sweetly scented as well. Bring children into the kitchen to help mix up this batch using cornstarch, cocoa powder, and coconut milk. It’s a completely safe and friendly recipe that kids will love to help concoct. Throw in chocolate chips or sprinkles for a tasty update to your slime time.

7. Spicy Paloma Marg

Combining two tequila cocktail classics, the Spicy Paloma Marg is built with a jalapeño-infused tequila. It’s spicy, tangy, and sweet, and the Topo Chico makes it bubbly, says Chantelle Blanchard, bartender at Thirsty Lion, which has locations in Colorado, Arizona, Oregon, and Texas.

  • 2 oz Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila
  • 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • Dash of sweet and sour
  • 0.5 oz agave syrup
  • Splash of Topo Chico
  • Grapefruit wheel for garnish
  1. Combine all ingredients, except Topo Chico in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice into a highball or Collins glass.
  2. Add a splash of Topo Chico. Garnish with a grapefruit wheel.

Pomegranate Shrub Recipe

This Pomegranate Shrub Recipe will give you a gorgeous ruby syrup, sweet and tart and delicious. Stir it into bubbly water, your favorite cocktail, or a salad vinaigrette for bright and tangy pomegranate flavor.

My family thinks I’m weird, how much I love the taste of vinegar (think condiments, homemade pickles, and salad vinaigrettes, oh my!). I can proudly say that I just keep getting weirder and weirder with each passing year, as I keep finding new ways to consume it. And now, with my newfound love for shrubs, I’m really blowing my family away. Our oldest daughter, with a very disgusted look on her face, recently said to her dad, “Yuck. Now Mom’s drinking vinegar.”

If you have never heard of a shrub (the kind you drink, not plant in the ground), I hope I haven’t lost you, but have only intrigued you to find out more. This gorgeous Pomegranate Shrub Recipe has opened up my food world in a whole new dimension. Call me weird. I’m just fine with that.

First… What is a shrub? And how about a little history?

Shrubs are sweet, concentrated syrups made from seasonal fruit, sugar, and vinegar. They can be enjoyed all on their own or stirred into still water, bubbly water, or a wide array of cocktails. Visit any establishment specializing in handcrafted cocktails, and you’re sure to find at least a couple different flavors of shrubs included on the drink menu.

The word “shrub” is derived from the Arabic “sharbah”, which means “a drink”, and has a history trail that trots around the globe. Drinking vinegar was talked about in the Bible and was common during colonial times in America when sailors carried shrubs to prevent scurvy. They gained popularity during the Temperance movement and became a traditional drink to serve to thirsty farmers at hay harvest time, nicknamed haymaker’s punch and often call switchel.

This pomegranate shrub recipe has just three ingredients: pomegranate juice, apple cider vinegar, and sugar. They are simply shaken up, altogether, and then stored in the refrigerator.

You could juice your own fresh-plucked pomegranate seeds. But I say why go through that tedious messiness when there is beautiful 100% pomegranate juice so readily available. Just buy a bottle of POM Wonderful and be done with it.

When I was researching different vinegars to use for shrubs, the Bragg brand kept coming up. I had never tried it before, so I picked up a bottle for comparison. I poured a little glass of my regular brand and another of Bragg. And if I had to drink straight-up apple cider vinegar (which lots of people do daily, for the health benefits), Bragg is the one I’d want. It just made sense to create this shrub with a vinegar that was more drinkable.

After 2 or 3 days chilling in the refrigerator, the shrub mixture turns into a sweet and tangy simple syrup. It’s a gorgeous ruby color, with bright pomegranate flavor.

So far, I’ve just been experimenting with using this pomegranate shrub in different drinks. For a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage, fill a glass with ice and then pour in some pomegranate shrub. Add cold, bubbly club soda and give a little stir. Garnish with a few fresh pomegranate seeds if desired. You’ll have to experiment with your own ratio of shrub to club soda, but I tend to like my drink pretty vinegary. I find this to be super refreshing and am already looking forward to creating shrubs next summer, to beat the heat.

What do you think? What summer fruit or combination of fruits would make a great shrub for summer?

Also…stay tuned for a cocktail recipe using this pomegranate shrub. I’ll be sharing it soon, just in time for the festivities of Christmas and New Year’s!

Watch the video: Ruby And Sarv Brought Their Friends! Pom Pomeranian but its a CJ u0026 Ruby and Sarv and Ruv Cover (December 2021).