You know what’s funny? I don’t even like gin all that much. I don’t have an aversion to it or anything but it would definitely not be my alcohol of choice; that honor always and forever goes to bourbon. And yet the past two drinks I have made with gin have been surprisingly delicious and some of my favorites right now. This drink is bright and refreshing and beautiful to look at and the best part is that even with all that rich color it isn’t sweet. The pomegranate juice gives it a richness and viscosity that I think most people probably associate with sweetness but instead of a cloying finish there is a beautiful bright acidity. Bourbon or no to me this is a perfect early fall drink for when the weather is only just thinking about cooling down but hasn’t quite made up its mind, the drink has maybe a little more weight than you would want from a cocktail in the heat of the summer but it still has that thirst-quenching finish.
Makes two drinks:
- 3 ounces pomegranate juice
- 3 ounces gin
- 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 ounce thyme simple syrup (recipe in this post)
Combine pomegranate juice, gin, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake to combine. Strain into a tumbled filled with ice and garnish with a lime wedge.