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Day 183, Cocktails 178 & 179

Sometimes, the sequel is as good as the first movie, like the second Godfather.  And some time, it’s not so good, like Legally Blonde 2.  Sunday’s cocktails were kinda’ of the same thing, sequels, both good and bad.

The first sequel was the Love Potion No. 9.  I decided to make a fizz version to enjoy while watching football.  I got out a mixing glass, filled it with ice and started pouring.  Vodka, check.  Chambord, check.  Cranberry juice, oops…no cranberry.  Well, how about grapefruit juice then?  So, on I went substituting ruby red grapefruit juice for the cranberry.  Of course, I did have the lemon juice, whew.  So, I put all the ingredients together, gave a good stir and then poured the drink into a collins glass, filled it with ice and topped it with seltzer water.  Well…it’s not bad, but it’s not really a knockout drink either.  The grapefruit juice and chambord is disjointed and the drink never really came together. 

The great thing about sequels is that you can always find another drink to reprise.  For my second sequel I chose the Majesty’s Pomegranate that I had just enjoyed at the Klavier the night before.  This was a delicious combination of Ketel One Citrus vodka, grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice and lime juice.  Since I don’t have any citrus vodka I improvised by adding a bit of lemon juice to the cocktail.  Here’s what I came up with.

  Majesty’s Pomegranate Fizz

  • 2 oz Smirnoff vodka
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1-1/2 oz pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 oz lemon juice

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.  Stir well and pour into a collins glass.  Add ice to fill the glass and top with seltzer water.  Garnish with a lemon wedge.

This one really hit the spot.  The pomegranate is the featured flavor with the citrus playing a supporting role.  And, unlike my last effort, there is a nice balance of flavors. 

So, sometimes the sequel works, and sometimes it doesn’t.  You just never know until you try!

Cheers!

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