Happy New Year....!

The Food Union - Pomegranate & Ginger Paloma

Happy New Year to everyone out there - hope you all had a fabulous night and aren't under the weather this morning. Thought I would share this cocktail which started our New Years eve celebrations last night. Given it was a warm evening it was the perfect way to start the party along with some tasty nibbles.

You can adjust the quantities to your own tastes, and it makes a refreshing drink for anytime during the summer. Best part for me is the crunch of the pomegranate arils when you get to the bottom of the glass. Enjoy!

The Food Union - Pomegranate & Ginger Paloma


Adpated from a recipe by Teighan Gerard - Half Baked Harvest

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Minted Ginger Syrup
½ cup honey
1 cup water
5 cm fresh ginger, peeled & sliced
16 mint leaves

2 grapefruit, juiced
1 lime, juiced
ginger syrup (above)
6 - 8 shots of tequila (or to taste)
1 litre pomegranate juice
500 ml sparkling water

1 grapefruit, thinly sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced
mint leaves
arils from a pomegranate

Serves: 6 - 8 depending on glass size 


Ginger Syrup – Combine water, honey, ginger and mint leaves in a small saucepan & bring to a low boil. Simmer for 1 minute and remove from heat. Cover and steep for 20 minutes to cool. Strain the syrup and store in the fridge.

Paloma – Remove the arils from the pomegranate being careful not to include the white pith, and place in a serving bowl. Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, ginger syrup, tequila, pomegranate juice in a large bowl or jar. Add sliced grapefruit & lime and top with sparkling water, mint leaves, and half the pomegranate arils.

Fill glasses with a few ice cubes and top with the Paloma. Garnish with mint leaves, a teaspoon of pomegranate arils and a cherry.

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