Ingredient Highlight: the Jewel of Winter

From the Promised Land to the epics of Greek and Persian myth, history and romance settle around this sweet-tart fruit like a fragrance. It’s been painted by Raphael and Cezanne and mused upon by Shakespeare and Ferdosi. With a legendary status that dates as far back as agriculture itself, the pomegranate has seemingly found a way to be indispensable all the way into the present.

Of course, our favorite handling of the pomegranate’s botanical powers stems from the moment a time-forgotten genius peered under the berry’s leathery skin and found inspiration. After scooping out hundreds of ruby-like seeds glossed in a juicy pulp, this craftsman began crushing those seeds into a mash of their own juice and dissolved sugar. Thus, the creation of the modern bartender’s classic syrup we call Grenadine.

First showing up in cocktails in the 1890’s, the word Grenadine originated from the French word Grenade and Spanish word Grenada (both meaning pomegranate). Best used when mixed with alcohol and a few other ingredients, this richly flavored syrup spikes any drink with its tropical essence and red flare. It’s a key element in classic cocktails like the Jack Rose, Singapore Sling, and Pink Lady. Here's a quick recipe to make your own grenadine with pomegranate juice or choose one of our recommended already bottled brands.  

In our Northern Hemisphere, the pomegranate season lasts from September to February. As fall edges closer to snowflakes, we celebrate a reminder of warmth and sun by highlighting the fruit nicknamed “the Jewel of Winter.”

It is well known that perfect cocktails are created when the elements are in balance. For Alice and the Magician, the magic emerges when seemingly opposing aromas harmonize. We've found that the light, citrusy top notes of pomegranate are enhanced when matched with a more savory, herbal base. For this reason, we love pairing our Sage and Exotic Citrus Aromatic with pomegranate. The aromatic's soft, herbaceous elements of sage round out any of the fruit's acidic edge and highlights the sweeter side of each sip. 

Check out this A&M twist to a classic fizz recipe:

Pink Sage Gin Fizz

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  1. Add a handful of ice cubes to a cocktail shaker and pour in the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and grenadine. Shake for about 30 seconds.

  2. Strain into a tall glass over ice cubes. Top off with club soda and 1 mist of Sage and Exotic Citrus Aromatic. Garnish with sage leaf or lemon wheel and serve.