Served on the rocks, this sweet-tart, patio-friendly cocktail is the Cosmopolitan's cooler, younger sibling. Created by the folks at Bua, a no-frills but friendly cocktail bar on New York’s quirky St. Mark’s Place, it gets its name from a signature Irish drink called red lemonade, essentially a red-hued lemon soda. While the original red lemonade gets its color from artificial additives, this upgraded version is colored by pomegranate juice and spiked with either vodka or gin.
Red Lemonade 2.0
vodka or gin
2 oz vodka or gin
.75 oz Pomegranate Juice
.75 oz Simple Syrup
.5 oz lemon juice
bar spoon pomegranate seeds, for garnish
lemon twist, for garnish
- Combine all ingredients save for the garnishes in a shaker with ice and shake well.
- Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass and garnish.
1 Cup White sugar
1 Cup Water
- Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and stir until sugar dissolves, then immediately take the saucepan off the heat.
- Let cool, then pour into a container (a Mason jar works nicely) and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.