The pomegranate gin sling cocktail is a classic drink with a modern tangy twist. The pomegranate juice highlights and elevates the gin, sweet vermouth, simple syrup and bitters creating the perfect combination of flavors and festive color for the holidays or any night of the year.
I am not a big drinker, but I do enjoy a cocktail from time to time. I’m more of a fruity cocktail kinda girl as compared to a beer or wine guzzler. And my fruit of choice is most definitely pomegranate!
My husband is the barkeep in our family and in the past I have shared our many pomegranate cocktails. From pomegranate tequila to pomegranate vodka, and even a pomegranate spiced rum. So it only seemed fitting to create a pomegranate gin cocktail.
Why this recipe is so great
Unlike vodka, which is flavorless, gin has some herbal notes in it. And even among the gin category, there are many flavor profiles. A gin sling in its basic form is gin and a sweetener.
There are a varieties of paths you can take with your gin sling. From lemon to orange and for me, pomegranate. You can make it strong, as my husband prefers it, or tone it down with some club soda.
And with the holidays upon us, doesn’t this pomegranate gin sling make for a festive cocktail?!
Ingredients you need
- Pomegranate juice: You can use store bought or freshly squeeze pomegranate juice. If you juice your own pomegranates, pass it through a coffee filter if you want it to be clear.
- Gin: There are different flavors of gin to choose from. The classic gin sling uses London Dry Gin, which is not sweet.
- Sweet Vermouth: There are two types of Vermouth, sweet and dry. This cocktail uses sweet vermouth.
- Simple Syrup: A basic simple syrup is made by heating up equal parts of sugar and water. You can infuse your simple syrup with other flavors by adding orange zest, herbs or fruit. Any of these varieties will work. You can also use honey or agave nectar.
- Angostura bitters: This is the specific bitters used in the classic gin sling, so I chose to use it in my version, too. Every brand of bitters has a difference combination of flavor and spices, so using a different variety will change the flavor profile in your drink.
- Club soda: For those of us who want to lighten up our cocktail, add a splash (or two) of club soda or seltzer water to your drink. It is optional.
- Pomegranate Arils: I garnish my drink with fresh pomegranate arils. Because I used an orange simple syrup, I also added some fresh orange zest as well. You can also top with some mint, if you want.
1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add gin, vermouth, pomegranate juice, simple syrup and bitters.
2. Shake and then strain into a collins glass filled with ice. Top with club soda, if wanted. Garnish with a pomegranate arils.
Expert Tips and Recipe FAQS
You can serve your gin sling over ice or without ice in a martini glass. If you enjoy cocktails, then you know that connoisseurs are very particular about their ice. You can use multiple cubes or one large cube, as you do with whiskey.
There are also many methods to creating clear ice. I’m considering buying this ice cube tray which provides the extra insulation needed to producing clear ice. Again, it is all up to your own personal preference.
Gin comes in different varieties. Some are sweeter while have a higher alcohol content. A classic gin sling uses London Dry Gin which is not sweet.
A martini includes gin and vermouth, usually a dry vermouth. A gin sling uses sweet vermouth as well as a sweetener, a fruit juice and bitters.
- 1 1/2 oz gin
- 1 1/2 oz pomegranate juice
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- Club soda, optional
- Pomegranate arils for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add gin, vermouth, pomegranate juice, simple syrup and bitters.
- Shake and then strain into a collins glass filled with ice.
- Top with club soda, if wanted.
- Garnish with a pomegranate arils.
You can give your gin sling a number of different flavor profiles by using flavored simple syrups. I used orange simple syrup for the cocktail pictured here.
Serving Size:1 drink
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 455Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 76gFiber: 11gSugar: 60gProtein: 5g
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