Pomegranate Martini, also known as Pink-Pomegranate Martini, Pamatini, Pomegranatetini or Pomegranate-tini, is a sweet-and-sour cocktail that is often tagged as one of the most popular alcoholic cocktails among women, especially in the West. The drink has a beautiful pink color and a light and refreshing taste. When made in the proper, most traditional way, a Pomegranate-tini has the perfect balance of sweet, tangy and sour flavors. The taste, however, is often changed based on personal preferences. While some like a sweeter cocktail, some prefer the taste of alcohol to be more prominent. Also, a dash of lemon juice or some salt is sometimes added to cut the excessive sweetness of Pomegranate liqueur.
History and Origin of Pomegranate-tini
While the exact origin of Pomegranate Martini is unclear, it is quite possibly as old as most other flavored martinis. The martini made with PAMA Liqueur (a prominent Pomegranate-flavored liqueur) is perhaps the most popular, thus the name Pamatini.
The first known Pomegranate-tini, also considered the original Pomegranate-flavored martini, is the now lesser known Pearl-tini. The drink was made with Pearl Pomegranate Vodka and Arrow Triple Sec. Pomegranate-flavored sugar syrup and Pomegranate or Cranberry juice were added to cut the sharp taste of alcohol and to cut the excessive sweetness, a dash of lemon juice and/or salt were often added.
Ingredients Used in the Preparation of Pamtini
Pomegranate Martini is essentially made with a Pomegranate-flavored liqueur (mostly Vodka), Triple Sec, Pomegranate/Cranberry juice, syrup and lemon/lime juice. There are various versions of the original recipe and each calls for a different set of base alcohols and different measurements. Rum, Cointreau and even Tequila are added in combination with Pomegranate Vodka, or other Pomegranate-flavor alcohols.
To make the drink richer and more flavorful, Sparkling Wine or Champagne are sometimes added. This also adds a 'fizz' to an otherwise smooth drink.
Pamtini Preparation Overview
Like most other cocktails, a Pomegranate Martini is a very easy preparation and it takes a mere 5 to 6 minutes to make one serving. Although the preparation is a very easy and quick one, it is important to ensure that the alcohols are not 'bruised' and the measurements are correct. Also, if solid sugar is being used, it needs to be mixed properly so that there are no unpleasant granules in the drink.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, the ingredients [1 or 2 parts Vodka (or the Pomegranate-flavored alcohol being used), 1 part of Triple Sec, Rum or Cointreau, lemon/lime juice, Pomegranate/Cranberry juice and sugar syrup) are poured and then mixed together vigorously till the cocktail is ready. The concoction is poured into a chilled martini glass (the rim of which is often lined with powdered sugar) and the drink is served right away. The cocktail can be poured over ice as well (on-the-rocks cocktail).
Popular Pomegranate-tini Recipe Variations
- Ready Pamatini Mix - This version of the popular cocktail is made with a ready-made mix that is available commercially. The mix consists of all the ingredients that traditionally need to be added individually to make the drink. This is probably the easiest and quickest way to make the cocktail, though generally discouraged by traditionalist.
- Virgin Pomegranatetini - Also known as Non-Alcoholic Pomegranate Martini, this variation is perfect for those who want to enjoy the taste of the drink without consuming any alcohol in the process. Alcohols are generally replaced with juices of preferences, mostly sodas and/or other fizzy drinks.
Pink Pomegranate Martini Nutrition Facts
An average 4 to 5-ounce serving of Pomegranatetini can have 150 - 250 calories, based on the type and brands of alcohols used. However, with no saturated fat contents, the drink is a healthier option than most other flavored martinis.
Oprah Winfrey, an ardent fan of Martinis, has often said that Pomegranate Martini is one of her favorite cocktails. She even has a personal recipe for the drink and prefers it over other, more common recipes.