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Poised for Red - Stephanie Jerzy

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February is poised for red.

No, not that RED (although, admittedly, the film did just come off a Golden Globe nod in January for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical).

I'm talking about the color red. It's everywhere in the month of February. Hollywood's Red Carpet season is in full swing and Valentine's Day lurks on the horizon. We're also reminded of cherries all month long not for their seasonality but rather for that President of ours who had a run-in with a tree.

There are many cordials available to give a cocktail this desired red tincture - grenadine, sloe gin, and the aperitif Campari, to name a few. Yet also among these most frequented liqueurs is pomegranate schnapps. The crimson-colored schnapps from Hiram Walker is low in proof (only 15% alc./vol.) but is loaded with the all-natural flavors of the aforementioned "super fruit".

With both sweet and tart flavor profiles all in one bottle, pomegranate schnapps is extremely versatile and mixable in a variety of cocktails. You can mix the scarlet schnapps with your favorite gin and lime juice for a refreshing martini. Combine with tequila, triple sec, and lime juice for a flavor-busting margarita. Or add some of the schnapps to a flute with your favorite sparkling for a beautiful champagne cocktail.

Or, if you're looking to impress that very special someone on a most romantic holiday, give the recipe below, or many of the other cocktails available in Bar None Drinks' Valentine Drinks Recipe page, a try.

Valentini
  • 2 parts ABSOLUT Vodka
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Pomegranate Schnapps
  • 1 part Hiram Walker Amaretto
  • 1/4 part Lime Juice

Shake and strain into a martini glass, garnish with a lime wedge.

Cheers!

SJ

 
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