It's a jolly drinking season. But if you're as uninspired by the usual eggnogs and creamy Hot Toddys like me, hit up RA Sushi for a fresh and sparkly holiday treat, the Pomegranate Breeze.
The Breeze, RA's featured drink this month, is a playful take on more traditional, holiday-oriented cocktails. Think pomegranate martini meets Caribbean punch.
Alex Summer, RA's Corporate Beverage Director, says the Breeze had spicy inspiration. "As the cocktail evolved, I wanted to use some spice flavors that are prominent during the season … clove, cinnamon, etc. The Pomegranate Breeze uses Fee Brothers Falernum, a Caribbean-style ingredient that has some of those flavors, and is used in rum-based cocktails."
Rum, a winter-drink staple, is still present, too, but you'd be hard pressed to taste it in the perfectly balanced Breeze. In addition to the Falernum, Captain Morgan is smoothly mixed with pomegranate juice, PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, and pink grapefruit juice, creating a slightly sweet, almost floral taste. My favorite ingredient, a dash of Sierra Mist, adds a citrus kick to the end. But most impressive? RA has Dana Funicelli behind the bar, shelling out fresh pomegranate seeds for each drink.
"It reminds me of edible mistletoe," jokes manager Nikki Cornett. She might be on to something. After enjoying a few of these spirited cocktails, I'd be willing to bet the results are the same.
How to Make the Pomegranate Breeze
1 oz. Captain Morgan
1/2 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1 oz. POM juice
1 oz. pink grapefruit juice
1/4 Fee Brothers Falernum liqueur
Squeeze 2 lemons
Top with splash of Sierra Mist and splash of soda
Build all ingredients except sodas in ice filled tall glass, shake, top with ice and sodas, garnish with lemon wheel and pomegranate seeds.
Where to Get One
1390 Lancaster St., Harbor East
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