Pomegranate Vodka Martini is a fizzy, festive and fruity drink perfect for the holidays! A homemade grenadine syrup with a touch of mandarin.
Simple, elegant and festive this drink will make you the most popular host this holiday season. Made with a fast and easy homemade grenadine syrup containing fresh pomegranate grains, mandarin and sugar. To make it slightly lighter, I’ve added some sparkling water, which makes the drink more “festive”. When you finish up the martini, just before you ask for another one, you’ll get a few pomegranate grains bites to finish it up the drink on a fruity note.
Let’s make this light and fuzzy holiday drink!
Pomegranate Vodka Martini
For 2 martinis
50g of pomegranate grains or 50ml of pomegranate juice
1 tbsp of sugar
50ml of water
2 ounce vodka
Add some ice cubes to the martini glasses to ice them up
Crush the grenadine grains in a small saucepan
Cut 2 thin slices out of a mandarin centre for the decoration, squeeze the rest of the mandarins in the saucepan
Add the water, sugar
Bring to a boil the mixture and mix well until the sugar is dissolved, 2 minutes
Pass the mix through a sieve and let the syrup cool down
Once cooled, discard the ice from the martini glasses
Add the grenadine syrup, then the vodka and finish it up with sparkling water
Pomegranate-cheese mousse with pistachio is a airy and fluffy bite! It’s a refreshing and festive dessert, perfect for this time of the year. I don’t know for you but I’m personally saturated with holidays cookies… no offence though. I love cookies, very much, but it time to get a new perspective on holidays desserts. Desserts are not well known to keep our waistline in shape… well most of them. This blog contains a few dessert recipes, most of them being fruity base and lower in fat and sugar then most. This cheesy-pomegranate mousse is no exception to the rule; yes it contain fat and sugar, but in really low amount.
So let’s talk about that seasonal fruit; pomegranate. As you may already know, the best way to detached the grains from its membrane is to do it in water bowl. The pomegranate grains will drop at the bottom while all the membrane leftovers will come up and float. Then, once this step is done, you can keep the grain in a container for a few days easily. This unique fruit is considered a symbol for fertility from Asian to Greece, it also has been around for quite a while. It was mentioned in the Bible and even before that in 1500 BC, in one of the first medical book, the egyptians used it to treat tapeworms. Pomegranate is no new comer.
For this recipe, you’ll need a syphon, those are useful to make airy, light mousse like this one. They cost not much and this way you’ll be able to make any type of mousse you want. To make a good foam, a small amount of fat is necessary, in this case it’s cream cheese and a touch of cream. Also to make sure the mixture is right, because it contains low fat, I’ve added gelatin sheets to the pomegranate juice. If you are vegetarian you could substitute the gelatin for agar agar with the same quantity and procedure. Also make sure the liquid you add to the syphon cool down to lukewarm before closing it up and adding the gas. Also don’t do like I did and forget the mixture to cool in the fridge otherwise it will become a gel and be ruined. So keep an eye on it while it cools down.
The result of this mousse is so airy, fruity with a touch of smooth cheese. The kind of dessert packed with flavors, although you don’t need much space in the belly to find a spot for it because it’s just so light and fluffy, perfect for finishing up a sometime too heavy holiday dinner. It’s topped with a nice contrasting salty-crunchy element which is the pistachios and it bring all that sweetness a certain balance. Plus green and red just screams christmas! As alternative you can also freeze the mousse and make it a frozen version which is delicious as well.
Enough bla bla… let’s make this airy holiday Mousse!