Isle of Pines - cocktail of the month

Isle of Pines – cocktail of the month

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This simple and sexy looking little number comes courtesy of Bon Appétit, who taught me most of what I know in the kitchen and behind the bar. Especially with tips like this- the best cocktails are the simplest—two or three ingredients mixed in the proper quantities, with passion. Our cocktail for the month follows that motto. But it’s the formula itself that is the real lesson here; 2 oz. spirit + 1 oz. citrus juice + 1/2 to 3/4 oz. sweetener = cocktail. Learn this simple equation and you’ll be a top notch mixologist in no time. It’s the bartender’s equivalent to lefty loosey/right tighty. Or perhaps even more aptly-liquor than beer, never fear/beer than liquor, never sicker!


  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup white rum
  • 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice (Simply Grapefruit 100% Juice is also a good option)
  • Ice cubes


  • Bring pomegranate juice and sugar to boil in heavy small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 5 minutes. Cool syrup.
  • Pour 2 tablespoons syrup, 1/2 cup rum, and 1/4 cup grapefruit juice into cocktail shaker. Fill with ice; shake vigorously. Strain into 2 Martini glasses. Repeat to make 2 more drinks.

(And by the way, The Isle of Pines is formerly the Isle of Youth of Cuba, a place both Treasure Island and Peter Pan took inspiration from. Tell your man that as you’re pouring him a near pink drink.)

5 thoughts on “Isle of Pines – cocktail of the month”

  1. First, I must say how mush I love that cocktail equation! I’ve purchased a number of cocktail books and this simple drink breakdown was never included in them! The next time I want to create my own TT cocktails, I’ll have a great starting point – thanks Stef!
    Also, I think I would love this drink, as I heart pomegranate in my drinks. Not sure I could recreate the pink/orange/pink sunset look this one has but I’ll give it a try.

  2. That drink does look and sound good! I too love Bon Appetit magazine. I’ve been subscribing to them for the last 2 years and love it when i get a new one. Best articles and best reciepes for drinks and food!

  3. I’ve never even glanced through an issue of bon appetit, but the cocktail formula is a revelation. I just printed it and put it with my handful of cocktail recipes. Thanks, I think it will improve my bar skills.

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