The Red Carpet Cocktail

  • PrepTime: 3 Mins
  • CookTime: 0 Mins
  • TotalTime: 3 Mins

Ingredient

  1. 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  2. 1 ounce Campari
  3. 1 ounce pomegranate liqueur
  4. 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  5. Garnish: lemon slice

Instruction

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the vodka, Campari, pomegranate liqueur, and simple syrup.
  3. Shake vigorously.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a lemon slice.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Note

  1. For the pomegranate liqueur, choose a premium option that matches the quality of the vodka and Campari. Look for brands like Bols, Drillaud, Gabriel Boudier, Fair, Pama, and Pocheta.
  2. Simple syrup can be found at a variety of stores, though it's very easy to make yourself and doing so can save money. Homemade simple syrup requires nothing more than sugar and water. It can be made on the stovetop or, if you're in a pinch for time, simply shaken up.
  3. This recipe originally included 1 ounce of pomegranate juice. Considering that there's already a liqueur of that flavor and the juice is very thick, that has been removed because it was simply too much and did not add dimension. The liqueur alone creates a well-balanced drink, but feel free to bring the juice back to see which version you enjoy most.
  4. Try a flavored vodka, such as citrus or vanilla in this cocktail. Pomegranate vodkas are a way to double up on that flavor and a lighter option than the juice.
  5. It can also be made with gin or whiskey, if you prefer. Gin is a natural companion for Campari (e.g., Negroni) and a good pairing for pomegranate. Likewise, whiskey and Campari are found in cocktails like the Boulevardier; the fruit is a nice bridge between the two flavors.