True Blood Martini for Truebies

A Cocktail Farewell to Bon Temps

Laissez les bons temps rouler - let the good times (and the blood, sex and violence) roll.

The good times will roll again tonight for all the vampire lovers (Trubies) out there in Bon Temps and surrounding locals with this True Bloodtini and the premiere of HBO's final season of True Blood.

Though I came late to the party (being too penurious to shell out for premium channels), I got addicted visiting with friends, ponied up the dollars and now I mourn and will hungrily devour this last season to see what awaits those creatures of the night who have sucked me into their world.

To ease my withdrawal from Eric, Bon Temps and Sookie's coffin hopping, I created this True Blood cocktail. 

As it contains gin instead of hemoglobin, my True Bloodtini is a happy hour take on "Tru Blood", the invention that started this whole bloody mess. If my version had been served at Merlotte's and Fangtasia maybe less blood would have flowed and it might have kept all those blood suckers, assorted humans, fairies, shapeshifters and werewolves from allowing friends to drink friends' blood . . .

2 Oz. Gin
2 Oz. Pomegranate Juice
10 Fresh Cherries, Pitted
Juice of Half a Lime
2 Tsp. Sugar
Optional: 3 Dashes of Tru Blood (for your vampire guests)

Chill your glass in the freezer. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cherries, lime juice and sugar. Add 1 cup of ice, pour in the gin and pomegranate juice then shake until chilled. Strain into your chilled glass, add optional Tru Blood, garnish with a cherry and a few pomegranate seeds.

Settle back and enjoy the last season of Sookie, Eric, Bill, Lafayette, Sam and the rest of the Bon Temps crew.

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