Pomegranate Old Fashioned

Last week I spent a few days for work in L.A., where Hollywood was bustling to get ready for Oscar Night.  Did you know that prior to the Oscars, every possible precaution is taken, including welding all of the manholes around the Dolby Theater?  There are also snipers stationed on the rooftops… allegedly a precaution for the safety of the glitterati.  Crazy, huh?!

Seeing all of the excitement building around Hollywood Blvd left me a bit inspired… so I have something that is both special and different to share with you.  While my typical posts are focused on either eating or cooking, today I’d like to share a bit of drinking-fun, in anticipation of Oscar night. 🙂

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Around here, I act as head chef, but on occasion, AG will take charge of the kitchen as bartender.  He’ll pull out his muddler, shaker, and whiskey decanter, and after making a bit of a mess in the kitchen, he produces stellar cocktails.

So upon returning from my work trip, AG pulled out his bartending tools to whip up a few Old Fashioned cocktails. But this time we decided to experiment a bit on the classic drink…

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And the results were both smooooth and sweeeet!

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Even Jerry wanted a sip…

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Don’t worry, we didn’t give the little pup any booze! 🙂

Whether you’re planning to spend Oscar Night on your couch in sweats or on the red carpet, draped in designer labels, you can make your 2014 Oscar soirée special with this punchy, twist-on-a-classic beverage.

Because while celebrities and movie stars alike don their couture and designer jewelry, the rest of us will be sitting at home, in our pj’s, cocktail in hand, watching on TV.  Ok maybe that’s just me…  🙂

Cheers!  xx

G

P.S. – If you haven’t invested in bartending equipment, you might want to consider picking up a Bar10der.  It has become a crucial tool in AG’s drink-making process, and while it’s a tad bit pricey, it has EVERY tool you’ll need to make plenty of stiff drinks.  It would make a great gift for your favorite guy (or gal!) who has an interest in mixology. 🙂

Pomegranate Old Fashioned

  • 1 large jigger* water
  • 4 splashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 tsp agave
  • 1 small jigger pomegranate juice
  • 1 tsp pomegranate seeds
  • Ice ball (or handful of ice)
  • 2 large jiggers whisky (we used American Honey for a bit more sweetness, but I also highly recommend Templeton Rye)

In a cocktail glass, pour in one large jigger of water, followed by 4 splashes of bitters, and a teaspoon of agave.  Toss in one small jigger of pomegranate juice, as well as a few pomegranate seeds (mostly for a garnish).  Gently stir to combine – you can also use a shaker, if you prefer.  Add ice ball (or handful of ice).  Top with two large jiggers of whisky, and then consume!

*If you don’t have a jigger, one small jigger is equal to 1.5oz, which is about 3 tbsp.  One large jigger is about 2oz, or 4 tbsp.

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