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Not Quite Done Being Naughty Or Nice: POM Wonderful®

With the start of Spring being in less than a month, has the guilt set in yet?  It's long been known that Winter is comfort food season and with the preponderances of baked-this and holiday-that quite possibly your time was spent more in front of the fridge than in front of the weight rack.  Understandably so.  No judgements here.  Really!  Some of us don't have a schedule much less a life that makes daily or frequent treks to the gym foreseeable.  Many of us choose to chase the chaos of our daily grinds away with a cocktail rather than a dumbbell and that's ok.  Balance is the key to being the best you and the equations in achieving that balance differs for everyone.  

It takes work to find that balance and it also takes patience.  So in the meantime while one figures out when to enjoy or refuse that cocktail, appetizer or dessert also how to lift weights, resistance train or implement cardio, balance can come in the form of walks through a little nice and a little naughty.  Enter the niceness of POM Wonderful®.  Certainly not a new beverage but definitely one that is not fully understood for it value, POM has been around since 2002 and takes the juice of about 4 California grown non-GMO verified pomegranates to create that shapely bottle of goodness.  It's not pomegranate drink mixed with pear, cherry or words unpronounceable.  POM Wonderful® is 100% juice and gives you the tart little refreshing kick together with the satisfying sweetness of this delicious superfood.  With antioxidant-building and a host of health benefits linked to the pomegranate like cholesterol-lowering, the nice factor is definitely qualified with POM.  

Now depending on your perspective, the naughty temptation to your pomegranate juice wonder lies in a spirit.  Be it vodka, rum, gin or tequila, POM gives a little bit of welcomed redemption to the savory sinful nature of aperitifs and digestifs.  So just how do you get naughty with it?  I've presented you with the niceness but my impish side couldn't leave you without a lesson in balancing with the naughty.  Please check out my signature cocktail featuring POM Wonderful® which I have appropriately entitled "POM's Garden of Good & Evil".

POM's Garden Of Good & Evil

4 ounces          POM Wonderful®
1 1/2 ounces    Tommy Rotter Gin
1/2                   Fresh Lime
1 tsp                Pomegranate Molasses
1 tsp                Fresh cut Ginger Root
3 leaves           Fresh Basil
1 sprig             Fresh Mint
1/2 tsp             Fresh Parsley
1/2 tsp             Fresh Thyme

Add lime juice, pomegranate molasses, ginger, basil and mint to a shaker and muddle for about 30 seconds until the lime juice changes color.  Then add the POM Wonderful® juice and gently stir for about 10 seconds.  Next pour the shaker contents into a rocks glass filled with ice then add the gin and stir for about 5-10 seconds.  Finally, garnish the cocktail with parsley, thyme and a lime wedge.

This is a great drink to make with gin as the juniper berry notes work nicely with the sweet/tart pomegranate and together with the muddled fresh ingredients add a nice verdant garden fresh herbal flavor profile with a dash of sharpness from the ginger.  You've now been presented with the nice and the naughty.  The decision is yours!

POM Wonderful@ Juice and its antioxidant refreshment can be found at your local grocer and supermarkets.

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