Vodka tonics are one of my favorite cocktails when they are done well. I am not talking about the kind of vodka tonics you get at a bar where they just slop some vodka in a glass and spray some stale tonic out of a gun. I am talking about a really good vodka tonic with good tonic, from a bottle, and lots and lots of fresh limes. It is such a simple cocktail with only 3 ingredients but when done right it is bright and crisp and refreshing and whether it’s a hot summer afternoon or the evening after a long day at work a vodka tonic can be just the thing.
So then you take this super simple cocktail and you add just one more ingredient (it’s still only 4 ingredients, I think you handle it) and it becomes something so much more. It is still bright and crisp and refreshing but not it has this other note of tartness and fruit without making it sweet. Don’t get me wrong, I am still going to love and continue to make the classic version, but this one is definitely making its way into the rotation.
- 2 ounces of vodka
- Your favorite tonic water
- Juice of half a lime, plus a couple more slices for garnish
- 1 ounce pomegranate juice
In a tall glass filled with ice, or one long, very skinny ice cube if you have fun molds that you haven’t had a chance to play with enough yet, pour in the vodka, the pomegranate juice and fill the glass about half way up with tonic water. Then squeeze in the lime juice and top with the remaining tonic water. Garnish with a couple slices of lime.