No one really knows what tempted Eve that fateful day in the Garden of Eden, but some say it was a pomegranate, bulging with the sweet nectar coveted for its powers of fertility and regeneration. More than a sensual treat, pomegranates are rich in antioxidants, folic acid and vitamins A, C and E. And recent research has shown their juice to be an impediment to prostate and breast cancer, blood clots, heart disease and Alzheimer’s, and an effective cure for urinary tract infections. l Last year Oprah gave pomegranate juice the thumbs up, and ever since, there’s been a deluge of pomegranate desserts, sauces, spreads and drinks. Liquor manufacturers are keeping step with pomegranate-flavored vodkas and liqueurs such as PAMA pomegranate liqueur; pomegranate vodka from Pearl, Van Gogh and Three Olives; and pomegranate schnapps from Hiram Walker (special order).
Mike Shea, bartender at 333 Belrose in Radnor, shakes up plenty of pomegranate cocktails, including mojitos and margaritas. For his standard mojito, Shea adds Pearl pomegranate vodka to rum, along with simple syrup, club soda and fresh mint. For a refreshing twist on the margarita, he combines pomegranate juice with fresh-squeezed lime juice and Patron tequila. Do try this at home.