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 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.
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.
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 it with fresh blueberries and a bright orange twist to add a pop of color contrast while making the drink look like a real gem! Cheers!
- 2 oz vodka
- 1 1/2 oz orange liqueur
- 1 oz pomegranate juice
- 1/4 oz lime juice
- 1/4oz honey
- 12 blueberries
- Orange peel for garnish.
- Place 8 of the blueberries into the bottom of a shaker with the honey.
- Muddle the blueberries until fully crushed, releasing the juice.
- 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.