Ina Garten Says This Is the “Perfect” Holiday Cocktail

updated Dec 12, 2022
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Even if your holiday gathering continues to be a bit small this year, you should still make sure you’ve got the right cocktail. It should be equal parts easy, festive, and delicious, and as always, Ina Garten has just the thing for all of us.

Enter the pomegranate gimlet (or what she calls “the perfect holiday cocktail”) from her 2020 book, Modern Comfort Food. Even though the recipe is a few years old, it’s still an easy and festive drink that holds up as we close out 2022.

To make Garten’s pomegranate gimlet, chill classic martini glasses in the freezer as you mix together gin, pomegranate juice, lime juice, and simple syrup in a pitcher. Then shake over ice for a full 15 seconds — “It’s longer than you think!” she says — and pour the drink into the chilled martini glasses. Finish with a garnish of pomegranate seeds and lime slices.

Theoretically, the drink makes six cups, but that’s figuring standard martini glasses and being able to have normal-sized gatherings. Realistically, given how this year went, it seems just about the right amount to fill one of Ina’s giant martini glasses.

When Garten posted about the pomegranate gimlet in 2020, her book was sold out, but it’s back in stock and readily available — it’s also on sale right now! And yes, you bet there are tons more delicious recipes where that came from — would you expect anything less?