July 1, 2015 at 5:11 pm




  • 3 oz. Van Gogh Pomegranate
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 oz. Fresh Pomegranate Juice
  • Fresh Lime Juice (Half Lime)
  • 1 oz. Sparkling Wine
  • 1.6 gr Sodium Alginate
  • 2 1/2 gr Calcium Chloride


Creating the Martini

  1. Add 3 oz. of Van Gogh Pomegranate to a Shaker
  2. Add 1 oz. of cointreau
  3. Add 1 oz. of pomegranate juice.
  4. Shake vigorously.
  5. Pour over 1oz of sparkling wine in a martini glass.

Creating the Alcoholic Pomegranate Seeds

  1. Start by dissolving 2 1/2 gr of calcium chloride in 18 oz. of water and keep chilled.
  2. Dissolve 1.6 gr of sodium alginate in 2 oz. of water with an immersion blender. Once the sodium alginate is mixed with the water add 1 oz. of Van Gogh Pomegranate and 1 oz. of Cointreau.
  3. Fill a syringe with pom/cointreau/sodium mix and release droplets into the calcium chloride solution.
  4. Let them sit for about a minute in the calcium bath and remove with a strainer.
  5. Hollow out a pomegranate half and fill with the newly created seeds.
  6. Serve with a spoon to enjoy on their own or as a floating and sinking garnish to the martini.


Serve Booze Seeds with a Spoon


Martini Glass/Pomegranate Shell


I have been toying around with molecular mixology and this contest provided a great opportunity to get creative. I love making pomegranate cosmos with Van Gogh pomegranate and I wanted to put a twist on the drink. I thought making faux pomegranate seeds and stuffing them in a hollowed out pomegranate shell would create a great addition to an already popular drink.

The seeds can be added to the drink if you want to watch them dance around the glass with the sparkling wine or they can be enjoyed with a spoon on the side as an “a-booze bouche”