Surrey Street treats: a passion for pomegranates


By - Tuesday 20th October, 2015

Karen Cartwright mixes up the pick of Surrey Street market’s pomegranates


Photo author’s own.

The cocktail: two ways with pomegranates

Right now there’s an abundance of these delicious and slightly quirky fruits available in Surrey Street for 50p each. Pomegranate-based cocktails also make use of the citrus fruits found there all year round, as well as showcasing the market’s plentiful herbs and spices.

Pama rosemary fizz. (For anyone who’s not come across it before, Pama is a pomegranate liqueur).

Ingredients from the market: 

1 rosemary sprig (about 4 inches long) plus a little more to garnish
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

Ingredients from the drinks cabinet:

75ml Pama (pomegranate liqueur)
50ml tequila
Soda water

Ingredients from the kitchen

2 tablespoons sugar

Method:

Add the rosemary sprig, sugar and 50ml of the Pama to to a pan over a medium high heat. Bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and allow rosemary to steep until syrup has cooled (about 1 hour). Add the remaining Pama, tequila, lemon juice, and cooled rosemary Pama syrup to a glass. Add ice and top with soda water. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and rosemary.

Pomegranate Punch 

Photo author’s own.

Ingredients from the market:

½ navel orange, juiced
½ lemon, juiced
½ clementine or tangerine, juiced
½ cup pomegranate seeds

Ingredients from the drinks cabinet:

125ml dry, chilled sparkling wine
25ml gin, chilled

Ingredients from the kitchen:

25ml ginger syrup (see below*)

Method: 

Combine all ingredients in a large tumbler with ice and garnish with citrus slices such as navel oranges, tangerines, lemons, or limes.

*Ginger syrup: combine equal amounts of fresh ginger (chopped), cane sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar dissolves. Simmer for thirty minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. Strain out the ginger and discard. The syrup will store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

So now all that’s left is for you to sip your delicious Surrey Street treat.

Karen Cartwright

Karen Cartwright

Karen Cartwright is a long-term Croydon resident, business owner and mum of two. Karen spends her days and nights running two businesses: Beanies (a children’s café in the Whitgift Centre) and Project B (a bar and events venue in Old Town) with her two business partners. With all that going on it’s no wonder Karen’s biggest passion in life is cocktails!

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