Sunday, April 09, 2006
I realize that every couple of weeks, I announce that I have discovered my new favorite adult beverage. A few short weeks ago, I was introduced to the delights of Mandarin vodka and cranberry juice and I do still love my Grande Suprema Margaritas and Bell'Agio Chianti.
However, there is a new kid on the block. Last night, after a delicious dinner at Frankie's, Jack, Miss Jane and I went to TEN on Crockett Street. As soon as we walked in, our bartender shouted, "How many Sugar Babies do we need?" Because of my Friday night indulgences at Battle of the Bands, I just couldn't handle the wonderful richness of a Sugar Baby Martini so I ordered a Mandarin vodka with cranberry juice on the rocks.
As I sat at the bar discussing Shane the Bartender's upcoming wedding, he said, "Here, I have something you'll like," and poured a beautiful maroon-ish colored liquid on ice into a lovely little cocktail glass and said, "Taste this." Both he and the waitress stood there watching me waiting for my reaction.
My reaction was, "Mmmmmmm, raspberries?" They both said, "No, pomegranate." The liqueur turned out to be Pama which, according to one website is "made from pomegranate juice, premium vodka and a touch of imported tequila." Premium vodka and imported tequila? Combined? Someone's been reading my mind.
My next cocktail was Pama on the rocks and it was not only delicious but it gave me the sort of buzz that made me want to break into Spec's and get me a bottle (leaving $23.55 plus tax on the counter, of course).
According to Wikipedia, pomegranates have all sorts of spiritual, mythological and mystical connections which, for me, adds to the allure of the liqueur. If ever there was a beverage fit for the title of Nectar of the Gods, this is it.