The Pamplemousse Martini.

Here’s to the weekend. This drink is sure to knock your socks off. It’s my absolute favorite. I was introduced to this drink by my best friend Danielle’s Mom (B) who made it for Dan’s engagement party a few years ago. It takes a little bit of time and energy to make… but it’s well worth it! Nice work B!

Pamplemousse is the French word for grapefruit, which is one of the main ingredients in this vodka drink.

(From Bon Appétit, January 2007. Makes 6 drinks.)
7 tablespoons water
5 tablespoons Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice
1/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons honey
1 1/2 cups vodka (I use Grey Goose.)
3/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
18 fresh mint leaves, plus 6 sprigs for garnish
ice cubes
1. Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cool. This step can be done one day ahead, covered, and refrigerated.
2. Combine pomegranate mixture, vodka, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and mint leaves together in a large pitcher. Fill pitcher with ice cubes and stir vigorously. Strain drink into martini glasses. Garnish each glass with mint sprig and serve.

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