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Happy Happy Hour (Recipe – Pomegranate Margarita Martini)

Today was that kind of day. The kind of day where a week of new back to school schedules, unseasonably perfect August weather, and a The Best Summer Drinks recipe book tempting you from your kitchen counter…all giving you signs that an impromptu happy hour is in order!

My friend Kathy and I were making our daily walk back to our houses after picking up our kids at school. It was during that walk that an idea sparked… “Do you like Pomegranate?” I asked. “Yes!” “Well, why don’t you all come over and help me test out this recipe for Pomegranate Margarita Martinis?” (Yes…it is a tough job being my neighbor when I have cookbooks to review!) I didn’t have to say anything further and Kathy and her husband were soon on their way to my house.

The Best Summer Drinks recipe book is a little book that packs a lot of punch. Created by Ray Foley, the publisher of Bartender Magazine, the Best Summer Drinks recipe book is a must have for any summer party, impromptu happy hour, or even a night out on the porch swing reading your favorite novel. Featuring 500 incredible cocktail and appetizer recipes, I have already bookmarked many pages of drink recipes to try. What I love about the Best Summer Drinks recipe book is that even with a partially stocked bar, there are a ton of recipes that you can make. With categories like “Summer Cocktails” and “Summer Punches and Pitchers” your next gathering can be complete by adding this collection of great cocktails to your home bar. Want to hear the best part…this collection of recipes can be purchased from Amazon.com for only $4.99!

Just to tempt you even more, I’ll share two of the recipes that got our attention and tempted our tastebuds. Pomegranate Margarita Martini (pictured) and Blueberry Lemonade.

Pomegranate Margarita Martini
2 Cups Jose Cuervo Golden Margarita Mix
1/4 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 cup Jose Cuervo Especial tequila
Juice of 1 lime
Lime zest curl for garnish

Shake liquids vigorously with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with the lime zest curl.

Blueberry Lemonade
2 oz Hiram Walker blueberry passion schnapps
1 oz Hiram Walker 60-proof triple sec
6 oz lemonade
2 lemon twists and 2 lemon wedges for garnish

Pour half the schnapps and triple sec into a tumbler over ice; repeat. Fill each tumbler with the lemonade, and stir.
Garnish each with a lemon twist and lemon wedge. Serves 2.

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  1. Wish I’d seen this earlier. I could go for one now.
    .-= Amy J´s last blog ..Creamy Pesto Pasta, Oh my. =-.

  2. Ooooh combining two perfect happy-hour drinks?! A margarita AND a martini! Perfect drink, bartender!!!
    .-= Teanna´s last blog ..Belgian Meatballs =-.

  3. Two of my favorite things aside from wine: martini and margarita! Looks so good. :) Did I miss the vodka or gin somewhere?

    I think I’m sold just with this recipe and what you said, “even with a partially stocked bar, there are a ton of recipes that you can make”. I’m the only real social drinker in the family and amongst my closer friends in Vancouver, so I don’t stock up on a lot of alcohol. I don’t like recipes that require me to spend $200 just so I can make a drink; then I’d rather just go to a bar. :)
    .-= Joy´s last blog ..A Simple Breakfast of Yogurt with Fruit =-.

  4. I dropped over from a link that said “family friendly food” and wowsa, yep, I’d be a lot friendlier with family after a few of these.

  5. It sounds like a oerfect combination to me:D

  6. This is one of those times I wish we were neighbors—I would have gladly been a guinea pig too. Love the blog redesign!
    .-= Sandie´s last blog ..When Life Gives You Blueberries, Make Creme Brulee (Recipe: Blueberry-Rum Creme Brulee) =-.

  7. Pomegranate Margarita Martini sound delish.. i love the dark pinkish red color! yumm pomegranate is among my fav fruit!!
    cheers!1 and have a great week end!!
    .-= nora@ffr´s last blog ..Pineapple Cooking Tips =-.

  8. I would love to have you as a neighbor!! This drink sounds wonderful! I am a big margarita fan!
    .-= Aggie´s last blog ..Spaghetti with Chicken and Vegetables in Lemon Sauce =-.

  9. My hubby loves Pom juice straight from the bottle, he’ll love this!
    .-= Bunny´s last blog ..A Very Blueberry Post =-.

  10. I’m coming over! LOL Looks delicious :)

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  11. Ooooh the blueberry lemonade sounds amazing! :)
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  12. I love Pomengranates – haven’t had them in a while though. I wish I could also take great ‘drink’ pictures…I’m learning by taking a critical look at drink photos!
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  13. Mmmm, sounds so good. I absolutely love the photo too!
    .-= Deanna´s last blog ..New Zealand Anzac Cookies =-.

  14. yummmmmm, i’d love to be your neighbor!
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