With the Memorial Day holiday weekend coming up, its time to start thinking good summery cocktails. Rob’s answer to this was to go with one of his favorites: the Gin Fizz. But with a twist! Gin is one of Rob’s favorite liquors; its got more natural flavor than vodka but isn’t overly sugary like tequila or rum.
Rob used a mixture of basil and mint along with fresh pomegranate seeds to make this one. It was really pretty simple, some fresh squeezed lime juice, and the gin, muddle everything up, stir, and top with seltzer. DONE!! It’s super refreshing for something like a cookout or barbecue (which according to Rob are two distinct events) or with some oysters on the half shell. I was actually a little concerned it would be too sweet when I saw the pink color, but Rob definitely balanced it well.
Speaking of oysters, we tried them for the first time while enjoying this cocktail and I have to say I like them. Rob and I were a little hesitant, would the texture or taste be odd; however, we now have a new starter option for nice nights out. Definitely learned you need one of those fancy oyster knives though, those things are hard to open.
Pomegranate Gin Fizz
- 6 oz Gin
- 3 Limes juiced
- 1/4 Cup Pomegranate Seeds
- 4-6 Mint Leaves
- 2 Basil Leaves
- Seltzer Water
- Combine the gin, lime juice, pomegranate, and leaves in a glass or shaker.
- Muddle the seeds and leaves until well broken up.
- Add ice and stir or shake for about 20 seconds.
- Strain into glasses with ice.
- Top with Seltzer Water to taste