Hey folks! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend. In addition to sharing a few drinks with friends at the Atlanta Jazz Fest, I was also hard at work brainstorming cocktail ideas for a #TrifectaChallenge I was invited to take part in by Maker’s Mark.
We were tasked with creating our own rendition of The Belmont Jewel (bourbon, pomegranate juice, and lemonade). I hate to admit it, but prior to this challenge I had never tried The Belmont Jewel cocktail before. I’m clearly sleeping on pomegranate juice as a mixer. It’s pretty amazing. And I’m all for anything with lemonade.
My rendition of The Belmont Jewel, which I’ve dubbed The Cloud Jewel, keeps to the standard recipe, but with a few quirky changes. I didn’t want to stray too far from the original flavor since it’s pretty delicious. Bourbon and pomegranate juice are both present. But I opted for fresh lemon juice instead of lemonade. And for my quirky addition, I added a cotton candy garnish, which you can add to your cocktail to sweeten up things.
Check out the recipe to The Cloud Jewel, below. And be sure to check out the Maker’s Mark Instagram page on June 1 to vote for my cocktail!
1.5 oz. Maker’s Mark
4 oz. Pomegranate Juice
A Generous Squeeze Of Fresh Lemon Juice
Combine Maker’s Mark and pomegranate juice in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass with ice. Add a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Garnish with a piece of cotton candy. After serving, take your cotton candy garnish and dip baby, dip.
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