Pomegranate juice, essential oils and a bottle of Absolut Citron on a Saturday night… what is a girl to do? Well if you are me, you invite a bunch of friends over and get your apothecary on. Or is that your amateur bartender on?
This all started when I spent a long weekend at the fabulous Steamboat Bay Fishing Club with friends and they served a Pomegranate Martini with Basil Sugar that was out of this world amazing. So being me, I had to go home and try and replicate it because after all it is a 40 minute float plane ride away! So I gathered my ingredients and experimented until I thought I had a winner. My fellow taste testers agreed and so here is my martini:
Pomegranate Martini with Basil Sugar Recipe... Made with Essential Oils. #pomazing Click To Tweet
The fun didn’t end there! I decided it was time to pull out some more recipes and see if essential oils could take more of my favorites to new heights. The next one I decided to experiment with was my husband’s margarita recipe. Several years ago we went on a quest to create the best margarita and so I amped it up with essential oils.
No lemons or limes on hand? No problem, just grab your essential oils and make margarita magic Click To Tweet
It wouldn’t be fair to ignore our favorite Lemon Drop Martini. Essential oils definitely improved the flavor!
We can’t forget the guys… mine won’t touch ‘foo foo’ drinks and prefers a beer. Here are some tried and true combos?
Alaska White Ale with a drop of Wild Orange Essential oil and a wedge of orange.
Blue Moon with a drop of lime essential oil.
Corona with a drop of lime essential oil and lime wedge.
Pyramid Hefeweizen with a drop of lemon essential oil.
- Citrus oils are amazing in cocktails. If you don’t happen to have orange liquor, lemon or lime juices just substitute essential oils and play around. You might have to add a little superfine sugar for liquors.
- No superfine sugar? Regular sugar in the food processor is perfect.
- Flavored sugar for drinks or desserts is super easy. Take 1/4 cup of sugar and add 2-4 drops of your favorite oil.
- Easiest way to damp the rim of a glass is to use a lemon, lime or orange wedge.
- Add a drop of cinnamon oil to coffee liquor. Yummy!
Hope you enjoyed my little amateur foray into concocting cocktails. Please comment and let me know if you liked these or share any recipes you have!
Note: Not all essential oils aren’t created equal. Especially when consuming internally check the label to see if it is safe. Why?…Essential Oil Grades
There is endless use for essential oils!
Oh, I wish I drank. These drink images look fabulous. Sounds like you & your friends have a lot of fun.
Wow, Ginny, these sound amazing! Thanks for the recipes!
Now you are talking my language… alcohol is my love affair, well, that and food!
Although I am not a drinker, these sound fabulous, Ginny! Wow, it seems the combinations and permutations possible by adding essential (edible grade) oils to your favourite drink are endless. Love the images too and your creative spirit in experimenting to find the best oils to enhance the taste of already good tasting drinks. I’m always about taking something that is good and taking it to great!
I’ve known essential oils for YEARS and never dipped in like this.
This blog is now part of my favourites!
You had me at martini 🙂 Great suggestions for using essential oils. I love anything that enhances the flavor of a drink without adding any sugar.
I appreciate your passion in experimenting your own version of Pomegranate Martini with Basil Sugar Recipe, amped it up with essential oils. Wow! sounds amazing and brings about a satisfaction to anyone who likes the taste of good lasting drinks.
Amazing! I never even thought about making drinks out of essential oils! I would love to see some nonalcoholic drink recipes!
I’ve never had a Martini in my life, but I have a feeling one is coming soon now. Thanks for the recipes. Who’d have thought you could include essential oils?
Hi Ginny, I’m working on trying to make a non-alcoholic tangueray Martini without the Gin. I want to use Juniper berry oil, but I’m stuck after that????? I love the taste and smell, but I don’t like how the Gin makes me feel after drinking one. Any ideas?
The traditional recipe from Drinksmixer is:
1 2/3 oz gin
1/3 oz dry vermouth
So you could try making it with just the juniper berry and add the other ingredients. You can’t tolerate the alcohol there is an alcohol free version of vermouth. Other options to try would be just a swipe of lavender or lime. Maybe even bergamot.