If you’ve just been through the harrowing process of helping small children address twenty-something Valentine’s cards, trying to squeeze all their classmates’ looooooong names into really tiny spaces, or, God love you, the process of making cards for all those classmates, then we have something in common.
A need for a drink.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I am giving you the recipe for a drink of my own design. It’s potent, delicious, and pink.
I think I’ll call it the VD Special.
And yes, I know it’s good, because @BrittanyVandy was over here just last week and she sucked down two in record time and pronounced them delish.
You will need:
- Pomegranate juice
- Tonic water
- Citrus of your choice. I like lime or Meyer lemon
Step 1: Make sure you’re using high quality ingredients
All vodka is not created equal, people. You get what you pay for. This is my current favorite, Tito’s Handmate Vodka, out of Austin, Texas. Smooth, easy to drink, easy on the head. I’m also a big fan of Grey Goose and Level. Seriously, if you take any of my advice, let it be this: do not cheap out at the liquor store. You’ll thank me the next day.
Same advice for the next ingredient. I doubt it’s as easy to find the equivalent of Aristocrat vodka in the world of pomegranate juice, but I like mine organic, and 100% juice. It makes this drink a health food, y’all. Look, it’s right there on the label: super anti-oxidants!
Step 2: Add ice
Step 3: Add vodka
You know, just a splash.
Step 4: Add pomegranate juice
Add pomegranate juice to taste. Or to your color preference.
Step 5: Add citrus
Add a squeeze of citrus. Lime is delicious in this cocktail. It’s what I used in the drinks I made for @BrittanyVandy, in fact. Yet tonight I was tempted by the succulent Meyer lemon in my fridge, and so I gave it a whirl.
If you can get your paws on a Meyer lemon in February? You gotta try this.
Step 6: Stir
Some settling of the pomegranate juice is normal. Pomegranate was ombré before it was cool.
Step 7: Enjoy
Gets better with every sip.