The Garnet – A Vodka Cocktail

Orange, pomegranate and blueberries combine to make this beautiful color vodka martini.



Like the sparkling gem that is this cocktail’s namesake, this drink is sure to add a bit of sparkle to your night! The Garnet combines fresh blueberries, pomegranate and citrus to make a cocktail that is elegantly simple and beautiful. We were inspired to come up with this cocktail after a visit to The Looking Glass Cigars and Spirits in Omaha where we had the chance to try the excellent J. Rieger & Co. Vodka. After getting a chance to try this Midwestern vodka, we ended up coming home with a bottle.



We had been looking to make a pomegranate liqueur cocktail, so this was the perfect base for it, too!



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Garnet cocktail in a martini glass with oranges, jigger, reamer and vodka bottle in the background

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Vodka Martini

The J. Rieger Company is a distillery from Kansas City who trace their roots back to 1887 when their founder Jacob Rieger made whiskey as a way to support his family. Their Midwestern Vodka is rather unique, distilled from a combination of potato, wheat and corn, giving this vodka a balanced and rather layered flavor and a nice aroma.



Typically vodkas are bland and flavorless, but this vodka was anything but, which made it one that we wanted to try in cocktails. We thought of a vodka martini!




Garnet cocktail in a martini glass with oranges, jigger, reamer and vodka bottle in the background



The Garnet is beautifully ruby colored from the fresh blueberries and pomegranate juice. Orange liqueur and fresh squeezed lime juice give a bright sweet tang that is balanced by a bit of honey. The vodka added a bit of sweet burn and just a hint of a cereal flavor which rounded out the drink.  Finish this vodka martini with fresh blueberries and a bright orange twist to add a pop of color contrast while making the drink look like a real gem! Make sure to try our Blueberry Pie Cocktail as well!









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The Garnet - A Vodka Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
An orange and pomegranate cocktail, with the sweetness of blueberries and honey.


  • 1/4 oz honey
  • orange peel for garnish
  • 1.50 oz triple sec
  • 1/4 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz pomegranate juice
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 12 blueberries


Place 8 of the blueberries into the bottom of a shaker with the honey.

Muddle the blueberries until fully crushed, releasing the juices.

Fill the shaker with ice.

Add in the vodka, orange liqueur and juices.

Shake until fully chilled.

Double strain into a martini glass.

Garnish with an orange peel and blueberries.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328 Total Fat: 0.2g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 319mg Carbohydrates: 18g Fiber: 1.2g Sugar: 48.7g Protein: 0.4g


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31 thoughts on “The Garnet – A Vodka Cocktail

  1. Such a beautiful ruby colour! This sounds right up my street…I’m sure it’s delicious with vodka, but I would probably cheekily substitute it for gin 😀

  2. Yum, this looks wonderful! Definitely bookmarking this to make at a later date 🙂 It sounds so refreshing, which is an absolute must in my book for a cocktail. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Such great colors and it sounds so yummy…I’ve never had a martini with anything muddled, but I’ve heard of that method used in martini making

  4. I love martinis and I love vodka so I this is right up my alley. I normally drink vodka water, vodka martinis extra dirty or cucumber martins but this looks like a good thing to try! Thanks for sharing

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