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The 7 Best Pomegranate Cocktails

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Pomegranates are notoriously difficult to work with, but incorporating their sweet-tart flavor into a drink by way of fresh juice, liqueur or syrup (aka real grenadine)—is easy. From sharp, citrusy up-drinks to beachy tipples, here, the best drinks to make with pomegranates.

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Pomegranate plays a rare starring role in this Martini variation, which includes both pomegranate liqueur and juice from the seedy fruit. Made with black pepper syrup, tequila and a Campari-sugar rim, the drink will leave your taste buds tingling.

The Essentials

Tequila
Black pepper syrup
Pomegranate Liqueur
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There are plenty of red ingredients that would give vodka an attractive pink tinge, but if you’re looking to combine taste and aesthetics in a coupe, look no further than pomegranate and grapefruit. The tart grapefruit lifts the sweet pomegranate (along with a little help from lime), making a pungent sipper worthy of its exuberant look.

The Essentials

grapefruit juice
vodka
lime juice
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This classic rum cocktail, invented during the golden age of boozy cultural exchange between the U.S. and Cuba, gets a modern update with a splash of fresh hibiscus grenadine, a refreshingly light upgrade to the cloying store-bought pomegranate syrup. The flowery notes of the DIY grenadine mesh seamlessly with the orange curaçao and vermouth, helping revive this old standby with fruity vigor.

The Essentials

White rum
Dry vermouth
Orange curaçao
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The sun could never rise through your highball glass without grenadine, the fiery red pool of pomegranate that sits at the bottom of the Sunrise supporting the OJ above. Use fresh juices for a drink that is far superior to the sticky-sweet 1970s original.

The Essentials

Blanco Tequila
Orange Juice
Grenadine
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Some fruits can get lost in a tall tiki drink, but one look at the Bahama Mama and you’ll know that pomegranate-based grenadine is present and ready for duty. The syrup’s distinctive dye infuses the entire drink. The taste, however, is more of a group effort. The sweet flavor of the syrup is balanced by tart pineapple, orange and lemon, as well as several kinds of rum.

The Essentials

Dark Rum
Tia Maria
pineapple juice
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Grenadine is a social butterfly. The flavor chameleon works equally well in dark stirred drinks or citrusy shaken numbers, and it even helps bridge the gap between the two. In the Scofflaw, it helps marry spicy rye whiskey with dry vermouth and lime juice, for a sweet, tart and woodsy aperitif.

The Essentials

Rye whiskey
Dry vermouth
Grenadine
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Pomegranate isn’t just a tasty ingredient, it’s also an aphrodisiac. In this Valentine’s Day-appropriate cocktail, pomegranate liqueur helps get your blood flowing and adds fruity depth to the seductive mix of chocolate, strawberry and sparkling wine.

The Essentials

Crème de cacao blanc
Strawberry purée
Sparkling wine

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