Pomegranate juice gives this moody mix its dark hues. The glasses are rimmed with colored cane sugar to give this cocktail an extra festive touch.
- 1 cup raw cane sugar or honey
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup raw cane sugar
- 1 drop purple or black food coloring, plus more as needed
- 4 ounces gin
- 2 ounces pomegranate juice
- 2 lemons, divided
- 2 ounces simple syrup (recipe above)
- Colored sugar (recipe above)
For the simple syrup:
Combine the sugar or honey and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool before using.
For the colored sugar:
Put the sugar and food coloring in a jar. Cover with the jar lid and shake for at least one minute to fully disperse the color throughout the sugar. Add more food coloring if needed. Allow to air out for at least 30 minutes before using.
For the cocktail:
1. Combine gin, pomegranate juice and simple syrup in a large shaker, then add juice from one lemon. Set aside.
2. Pour colored sugar on a plate or bowl wider than rim of the glasses. Juice the second lemon and place the juice on a separate plate.
3. Take two 6-ounce couple glasses and rim each with the lemon juice, then dip in colored cane sugar. For maximum effect, rotate the glasses a couple times to fully coat the rim.
4. Add traditional ice to the prepared cocktail shaker. Shake for at least 30 seconds, and then carefully pour the combined liquids into the glasses in equal portions. Be sure not to splash the sugar-coated rims.
5. For an added "stormy" effect, add a small cube of dry ice to each glass.