Pomegranates are the beet of the fruit world. Go digging for the edible morsels and you’ll come up red-handed. But don’t let vanity keep you from enjoying these opulent pearls of juice. Roll up your sleeves, submerge sections of the fruit underwater and you’ll be able to extract the scarlet seeds with greater ease. In a refreshing cocktail or as a healthy snack, these seeds are packed with vitamin C, potassium and polyphenols.
- 1 whole pomegranate
- 1½ ounces (about ⅙ cup) vodka
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- ¼ cup rosewater
- Optional: fresh or dried rose petals for garnish
- Cut pomegranate into quarters and submerge in bowl filled with tap water to remove ruby red arils, which will sink and the pith will float. Remove seeds from water and set aside. Pour vodka, pomegranate juice and rosewater into a shaker filled with ice about 2/3 full. Agitate and strain into serving glass. Drop a few arils on top of the cocktail. Some will sink and some will float. Sprinkle rose petals on the serving tray for an optional garnish.