Fresh Pomegranate Martini

Although I do not typically advocate hard alcohol consumption, there are (only a few) exceptions!  This cocktail is super tasty, especially for special occasions and celebrations, but you simply cannot skimp on the fresh juice…do NOT purchase commerically-produced juice…go for the real deal here.  You won’t be sorry!

INGREDIENTS:

1 oz vodka (or naturally-flavored citrus vodka, if you have it)
1/2 oz Cointreau orange liqueur
3 oz fresh-squeezed pomegranate juice (4-5 pomegranates)
chopped ice
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice, for garnish
lemon slice, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
Add ice so that the shaker is about a third full (ice plus ingredients).
Shake for 20 seconds.
Strain into a cocktail glass.
Squeeze a couple of drops from the lemon slice into the glass, then garnish the side of the cocktail glass with the slice of lemon.

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