My buddy Sam Kinsey turned me onto this gin-based cocktail with the funny name, the Juniperotivo. These were a huge hit at my dinner party a couple of weekends ago, and even if you don’t like gin, you should give this sweet and sour cocktail a try. It has two ingredients that may be somewhat hard to get in some locations, but you won’t have a problem in the Triangle. The name of the cocktail comes from its primary ingredient, Junipero gin, which is made by the same company that brings us Anchor Steam beer. As I’ve said before, I love this stuff, and it’s available in our ABC stores. Junipero is very herbaceous, with a particularly strong backbone of juniper (duh!). The other ingredient, which is even more essential than the Junipero, is pomegranate molasses. This thick, dark elixir can be found at Middle Eastern markets. Neomonde actually has several different varieties. I can’t recommend one over the other, but they’re quite inexpensive (and really tasty).
So give this drink a try. It’s sophisticated, but very accessible, and when you serve it to your guests, they’ll rightly think you’re a mixology guru.
2.0 oz Junipero gin
1.0 oz fresh lime juice
1.0 oz simple syrup
0.5 oz pomegranate molasses
2 sprigs of mint
Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice. Strain into chilled martini glass and garnish with additional mint leaf.
For those of you who don’t know how to make simple syrup, it’s very, well, simple. Just warm up equal portions of water and sugar on the stove. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Let it cool. Store in the refrigerator. And as our faithful reader FuzzyT let us know, “A tip on the simple syrup: it will keep for a bit in the fridge, but is subject to molds forming. To prevent this, and extend its longevity, just add a shot or so of neutral spirit (vodka, grain) after it’s cooled and before you put it in fridge.”