Pomegranate Ginger Ale

I mentioned before, when talking about the infused cranberry vodka, that I was also making pomegranate vodka.  Well, now it’s ready.  I used a small handful of the seeds in the same sized bottle as the cranberry.  I muddled them a bit (that’s the fancy bartender way of saying ‘mushed them up’).  They turned stark white and the vodka is a light pink.  I didn’t have a plan for what to mix it with when I made it, I just had a pomegranate and was excited about infusing vodka.

So when the vodka was ready to use, I wasn’t sure what to do with it.  The hero suggested some ginger ale we had and I thought that was perfect.  It was surprisingly good.  I mean I thought it would be good, but it was really good.  It has a really complex and full flavor.

This recipe makes 2 drinks.

Pomegranate Ginger Ale

2 shots pomegranate infused vodka

1 can ginger ale

ice

Mix one shot of pomegranate vodka and half of the can of ginger ale in a pint glass over ice.  Enjoy.

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Infused Cranberry Vodka

Recently I found a bag of cranberries on clearance at the grocery store.  I snatched them up and brought them home without knowing what I wanted to do with them.  I ended up coming across the idea for infusing vodka.  There are flavored vodkas that you can buy but I bet those have a lot of artificial flavors and added sugars.  My version is all natural.

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I used a 16 ounce bottle to infuse this in and didn’t measure exactly.

Cranberry Infused Vodka

a couple handfuls of cranberries

around 12 ounces of the cheapest vodka we could find

Take each cranberry and cut two small slits in it.  Put the berries in the jar and pour the vodka in.  Shake the bottle daily for a week then strain the berries out and enjoy.  Store in the freezer until you’ve drunk it all.  It turned pink within a few hours and after the week was up it was a bright red.  If I hadn’t made it, I would’ve sworn it had food dye in it!

We had it mixed with orange juice one time and pomegranate soda another.  It was really good.  When I first took the berries out both the hero and I tried it but it was just too strange to sip vodka.  I froze the rest of the berries and I think I might need to make some more of this vodka.

I’m really excited about infusing vodkas now.  I’ve got a pomegranate one in the works now and a few more ideas that I’m throwing around.