Liquid Assets: Whimsical Pom-tini

Bright red pomegranate juice makes for a colorful and festive cocktail, and what better companion than gin? A great spirit for winter, gin has warming spices, juniper berries and citrus.

This drink is a twist on a Tom Collins cocktail. The addition of the pomegranate syrup and elderflower bring the drink together as they complement the orange peel and lavender flavors found in the Aviation gin.

The herbal notes of the gin are rounded out by the sweetness of the pomegranate syrup, tart lemon and floral notes from the St. Germain.

Whimsical Pom-tini

1½ ounces Aviation, or other American dry gin
1 ounce pomegranate simple syrup (recipe follows)
¼ ounce (1½ teaspoons) fresh lemon juice
¼ ounce (1½ teaspoons)
St. Germain elderflower liqueur
Rosemary sprig

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, and strain into glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Pomegranate Simple Syrup

2 cups pomegranate juice
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients into a sauce pan and cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool before using.

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