Sunday is Valentine’s Day. How do you woo the object of your affection? Do you keep it simple with a card, go all out with flowers, chocolates, and a candlelit dinner for two? Or stick with a tried and true classic like chloroform and a soundproof room in your cellar?
This year’s cocktail will be the Barefoot Contessa’s Pomegranate Gimlet. I don’t drink gin so I’ll substitute vodka. You could even use white cranberry juice in place of alcohol for a virgin gimlet.
- 1½ cups gin, such as Tanqueray
- 1 cup pomegranate juice, such as Pom Wonderful
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (6 to 8 limes)
- ½ cup simple syrup (note page 35)
- Pomegranate seeds, for garnish
- 6 lime slices, for garnish
Combine the gin, pomegranate juice, lime juice, and simple syrup in a large pitcher. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice and add the drink mixture until the shaker is three-quarters full. Shake for a full 15 seconds (it’s longer than you think!). Pour the mixture into chilled martini glasses and garnish with a slice of lime. Repeat with the remaining drink mixture and serve ice cold. Listen to Ina’s Valentine’s Day Playlist while sipping. That’s a lot of alcohol, but Ina and Jeffrey have been married for 53 years so I think they know how to do romance. Maybe it’s supposed to serve a group. I’m not judging.
Happy Valentine’s Day Deadsplinters!