As most folks know, good quality grenadine is made from pomegranates. However, we have something that we love even more than grenadine - pomegranate molasses. A concentrated syrup made from pomegranate juice, pomegranate molasses is one of our favorite cocktail enhancers, providing complexity in flavor that even the best grenadines will never achieve.
Pomegranates have a rich history with cultural significance that runs all the way back to ancient Egypt, where they were a symbol of prosperity and ambition.
And when it comes to ambition, there are few products out there that sum up that word as well as Belle Meade Bourbon. One of our partners for September's 3st of the Month "Whisk(e)y VS Bourbon" event, Belle Meade Bourbon is a product of Nelson's Green Brier Distillery. The guys over at NGBD have resurrected what was once the nation's largest producer of Tennessee Whiskey. Now that is what you call ambition.
In a cocktail shaker with ice, add all ingredients except orange zest. Lightly shake to combine and strain into your glass. Express the oils of the orange over the cocktail and rub along the rim of the glass before adding it as a garnish.
NOTE: Though we typically don't shake our bourbon cocktails, the viscosity of the pomegranate molasses is best incorporated by a quick shake. You may also stir to combine if you wish.