Last week I blogged about how some cocktails are borne out of late-night necessity. This week my cousin Mark created a cocktail from just such conditions, although he did it way better than any of my own attempts.

This cocktail’s got it all. It’s full-flavored but light-bodied. It’s not sugary; it’s just sweet enough, truly suitable either before or after dinner. It’s well-rounded — no too-sharp, vodka-cran tang. It begins with antioxidant-riddled pomegranate seeds, so you can easily rationalize why you should have another. (Because antioxidants cancel out alcohol, duh.) And with the holidays upon us, I picture it as something that would equally please a sherry-sipping grandma, your 22-year-old cousin who’s never downed anything stronger than a Woo Woo and cocktail snobs such as ourselves who will be impressed by the double dose of bitters.

Lastly, I wrote the recipe so you don’t need a shaker. Because most relatives’ houses don’t come with shakers. Although hats off to anyone ballsy enough to bring his or her own shaker to Christmas dinner.

And, as you can see by the miniscule amounts of myriad ingredients, you should be able to pull it off even when the cupboard is bare.

The Cherry Goody Goody

1 3/4 ounces Ketel One vodka

1/2 ounce Creme de Cacao (white)

1/2 ounce Pimm’s

1/2 ounce cranberry juice cocktail

3 or 4 dashes Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters

2 or 3 dashes Fee Brother Aztec Chocolate Bitters

Coca-Cola

Pomegranate seeds


Muddle a handful of pomegranate seeds into the bottom of a highball glass.

Fill glass with ice.

Add all liquid ingredients except the Coca-Cola. Stir well.

Top off with Coca-Cola and stir again.

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