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Non-Alcoholic

Pomegranate Americano

Pomegranate Americano

[Photo: Kevin Liu]

Can a classic combination of vermouth and Campari be simulated without alcohol? In this drink, pomegranate juice replicates the acidity, astringency, and caramel sweetness of vermouth. A few drops of bitters (which contribute a scant amount of alcohol to the drink) add the herbal component and some bitterness, reminiscent of Campari.

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Pomegranate Americano

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About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 serving
Active time:2 minutes
Total time:2 minutes
This recipe appears in: Mocktail Science: Easy Substitutes for Complexity

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 5 dashes Angostura bitters (or to taste)

Procedures

  1. 1

    Add pomegranate juice to a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with soda water and stir to combine. Dash the bitters on top of the drink and swirl lightly to slightly incorporate the bitters into the rest of the drink. Leaving some bitters on top amps up the aromatic element.

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