Friday, November 25, 2011


We were first introduced to pomegranate martinis in Chattanooga.  The girls took Suzi to lunch at a place downtown called Food Works once when she was visiting and they ordered pomegranate martinis.  If you know Suzi, you know that getting a buzz at lunch is one of her favorite things (she says, “It’s just so festive.”) 

A few months later, back in Chattanooga with Scott for her big 40th celebration, she made the now legen- (wait for it) -dary plan of bar hopping downtown and drinking all day…the day before the BIG party.  It was a fabulous day of pomegranate martinis at nearly every bar in downtown Chattanooga.  With the benefit of hindsight, probably not such a hot idea, but a fabulous day nonetheless.

And so, pomegranate martinis became a favorite.  However, while we have tasted some very good ones in some nice bars, none of them quite lived up to expectations.  If you look up recipes, many of them call for ingredients like grapefruit juice.  It makes for a tasty drink, but just not pomegranatey enough to suit us.  Scott stepped up to the challenge and came up with the ultimate, juiciest pamatini using good pomegranate juice, and it has become a staple around our bar.  We have even squeezed and strained fresh pomegranate juice, and it was wonderful but a lot of work. 

They have been called dangerous, they’ve been called truth serum…they go down like kool-aid and they are delicious.


2 parts Skyy Vodka
1 part PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1 part POM Wonderful pomegranate juice (any quality 100% pom juice will work)

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake well and serve straight up in chilled glasses.  A pitted black cherry makes a very nice garnish.

PamaTini’s were the featured drink in the Electric Swinging Pussycat Lounge at Gary’s 60’s Flashback Party, served by Austin Powers himself. 

"Cheers Baby, Yeah!"

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