October 2018 Update
When I originally created this cocktail I did so as a tribute to the last season of one of my favorite television shows at the time, True Blood. It was a fitting tribute, being a show with about vampires and the rich, dark red color of this gin, fresh cherry and pomegranate cocktail is very close to the color of fresh blood. This also makes it a perfect Halloween cocktail, especially if you are throwing a vampire themed cocktail party.
You can read the original post below the recipe, and check the True Blood series if you get a chance, it's far and above one of the best vampire series ever produced on television.
TRUE BLOOD MARTINI
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.
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 for one final season tonight for all the vampire lovers (Trubies) out there in Bon Temps and surrounding locals with this True Bloodtini and the season premiere of HBO's 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 . . .
Settle back and enjoy the last season of Sookie, Eric, Bill, Lafayette, Sam and the rest of the Bon Temps crew.