You guys, applying for a visa is not awesome. I mean, it’s definitely worth it in the end, but amassing the mountains of paperwork and handing over a pile of money and then waiting, and waiting… and waiting is the worst. You reveal everything about your life to some total stranger a half a world away. They’ve never met you, yet they hold in their hands the power to completely ruin your life or make all your dreams come true. All I want to do is move to a new city, get a job, and eat at a bunch of restaurants I’ve never even heard of before. Just let me in already. Why all the hassle? I’m fun, I swear.
It’s stressful, kids. I need a drink. I was going to wait to show you this Pomegranate Martini until closer to Christmas, but we have about 15 bottles of liquor to drink in a month, so we better get to work. This is not a drink to play around with. It’s almost pure liquor. But in small doses, it’s absolutely lovely, and the color can’t be beat. You can adjust the amount of grenadine to make your martini as sweet as you like, or not.
Other good news. You can easily make this by the pitcher if you’re serving it for a gathering. It’s 2 parts vodka, 1 part pomegranate liqueur, and 1/2 part grenadine. I recommend keeping the pitcher in the fridge or on ice, though, as this drink is best served very cold. And if you want to be really fancy and aren’t moving in a month, you should float some frozen pomegranate seeds in each glass. Tres chic.
This drink will get us through the piles of paperwork and on to Scotland. We’ll serve it with some vampire teeth when I force British people to get into Halloween. I’ll serve it at Christmas and watch my in-laws become quite merry, indeed. It’s worth it, kids. It’s totally worth it.
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce pomegranate liqueur
- 1/2 ounce grenadine, or to taste
- Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shake, add ice, and shake until the outside of the shaker becomes very cold.
- Strain your martini into a martini glass, and sip until all your problems have melted away.