Pomegranate Martini. Stir or Shaken?

Once in a while, we all feel like James Bond and enjoy a perfect martini drink. Classic cocktails that we love and want.

But not today. I played outside the box and created something fun and a bit festive.

Pomegranate martini

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So many martini recipes to choose from:

The internet is packed with martini recipes. Gin and Vodka are centerstage. Added ingredients to achieve the personal ultimate best.

From the classic to the fancy, here are a few always the favorites.

  •  The classic martini, if you may. Gin and dry vermouth are poured into a mixing glass or cocktail shaker and served with a lemon peel or a lemon twist.
  •  Dirty martini, which is vodka or gin with olive and olive juice. The more olive juice you add, the dirtier it is.
  • Apple martini.
  • Chocolate martini.
  • Mango martini.
  • Lychee Martini

Choices and more choices. The list keeps on growing. Pineapple juice, lime juice, vodka martini, the list is enormous.

I enjoy a martini and am very particular about the liquor I use.

Pomegranate Martini.

What are the ingredients in a pomegranate martini?

A good pomegranate juice, simple syrup which is super easy to make at home, Vodka or Gin, I let you decide on that one, lemon juice, to cut down the sweetness of the simple syrup.

Mint and lemon strips for decoration.

What is simple syrup made of?

Simple syrup is critical to most blended cocktails and many iced drinks.

A liquid sweetener made by dissolving sugar in water. That is it!

It is achieved by slowly melting equal parts of water and sugar. Once it is chilled, it is ready to use.

It is lovely to have some already made in your refrigerator during the holiday season for that impromptu gathering.

Is martini made with gin or vodka?

The classic martini is a cocktail made with gin and vermouth and garnished with an olive or a lemon twist.

Over the years, we have seen an evolution in making a martini, becoming the best-known mixed alcoholic beverage.

A popular variation, the vodka martini, uses vodka instead of gin.

Remember that if you are at a bar and prefer vodka, you want to let your bartender know. Your drink will be prepared with gin instead.

Pomegranate Martini.

What is the difference between Gin and Vodka?

Gin offers more of a full botanical flavor. Distilled with juniper berries and botanicals, giving it a more distinct flavor.  A more involved process in making it.

Vodka, on the other hand, provides more of a smoother and bland taste.  Vodka is water-based and made from fermented ingredients such as grains or fruits.

However, it all comes down to personal preference.

Vodka is my choice, and Grey Goose is my favorite.

If a restaurant or bar has no Gray Goose on hand, how strange that may sound if it has happened, I select Bombay Sapphire Gin. I enjoy the taste of each.

Here are a few helpful tips on making this Pomegranate Martini to perfection.

Intimidate by the amounts of the ingredients in the recipe below.

Not to worry, as it is for 10 regular-size glasses.

Therefore this is perfect for when you have a party, so you do not have to become the mixologist, and you can offer the choice between shaken or on the rocks.

With this creation of mine, do not let this sweet and refreshing pomegranate fruit taste fool you, as the simple syrup will hide the flavor of the vodka.

  • Start with less vodka and add as you wish.
  • I place all the liquid ingredients in a decanter and chill until ready to use.
  • Use ice cubes, not crushed ice, when shaking all the ingredients. When shaken, ice cubes will give it that coldness you are looking for. The crushed ice will dilute your drink.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes with no room to move around.
  • Noteworthy, if the ice cubes move around too much when you shake them,  you will lose ice fragments in your drinks, which will water down your drink.
  • Do you not have a martini shaker? Use a jar with a tight seal top.
  • Meanwhile, if time permitting, chill your glasses inside the freezer for a few minutes before serving. The cold chilled glass is always welcome but not necessary.
  • Do not use pomegranate extract. It will not give you the taste and feel you are looking for.

I prefer not to let the vodka or gin linger on the ice. I am more of a purist, and less water diluting my drink is the best for me.

Pomegranate Martini

What do you need?

Select the perfect glass to showcase your martini. Tall thin stem leading to open face glassware. The crystal or glass has to be light and delicate, my preference.

Pour gently, and do not overfill your glass.

Serve with some mint and lemon strips.

As with any alcoholic beverage, please consume reasonably.

Isn’t this beautiful deep crimson red creation shouting holiday cheer?  Always the favorite amongst my family and friends.

Pomegranate Martini

Equipment and ingredients needed to make this wonderful recipe

Pomegranate Martini. Stir or Shaken?

5 from 30 votes
Pomegranate Martini
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Once in a while, we all feel like James Bond and enjoy a perfect martini drink. Classic cocktails that we love and want.


  • 3 lemons, squeezed
  • 3 cups pomegranate juice
  • 2.5 cups vodka
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • lemon strips
  • spring of mint
  • crushed ice
  • Pomegranate seeds, if you have them on hand, are optional.

For Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar


For Simple Syrup

  • Bring sugar and water to a small pan and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Chill until ready to use.

For Martini

  • In a large decanter add the pomegranate juice, vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. Stir well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • In a martini shaker add the crushed ice and ½ per glass of the martini mix. Shake well and pour the pomegranate mix into a martini glass, with no ice.
    Add the spring of mint and the fine lemon’s strips.


Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 225mg | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 17.2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.5mg

Giangi’s Kitchen provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as a registered dietician does not calculate them.

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Originally published on April 23, 2019. Updated on September 22, 2022.