Monticello Cocktail

Today’s clever cocktail comes to us from The 12 Bottle Bar book by David and Leslie Solmonson. It is a drink that the authors created based on America’s first home-grown whiskey, Rye. In 1797 George Washington constructed a distillery on the Mt Vernon property to make whiskey and settled on Rye as the preferred grain. Around the same time Thomas Jefferson proudly planted Pomegranates in his orchards around Monticello. This cocktail pays homage to our founding fathers and their thirst for freedom and for good drink. Cheers!

Monticello Cocktail

Take an Ice Cube Tray.  Fill it with Un-Sweetened Pomegranate Juice (like POM or Knudsen). Freeze Completely (best overnight)


In a rocks glass add:

  • 3-4 Pomegranate Ice Cubes
  • 1 ½ Ounces of Rye Whiskey (we like Old Overholt for this drink)
  • 1 Teaspoon of Real Grenadine*
  • ¼ Teaspoon of Orange Liqueur (triple sec)
  • Dash of Orange Bitters

Stir and Sip. This Drink Gets Better and Better as the Ice Melts.

*How to Make Real Grenadine

  • 1 Quart Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 cups Demerara sugar (plain white will do)
  • 2 Dashes Rose Flower Water (Optional)

Bring Pomegranate Juice and Sugar (Rose Flower Water) to a Boil.  Reduce Heat, Cover and Simmer for 15 Minutes.  Let cool and put into a sealed glass bottle.  Syrup will keep in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 weeks.