Because syrup making is so much like sorbet making, I really like the idea of changing the phase of one of the syrup ingredients in a cocktail. You sort of have to change the function of the syrup, because both the cocktail and the sorbet need to be balanced enough to enjoy them on their own.
But when it works out, you can get a cocktail that is interesting and evolves as the solid and liquid portions combine.
The other week, I'd read a dessert recipe in our local paper, Pomegranate Granita with Cardamom Cream & Rose Meringues
and thought, damn if there isn't a good drink hiding in that dessert, I'm not a crazy Drinky Sorbet
maker. Maybe a spiced Jack Rose type cocktail with a small scoop of Pomegranate sorbet in the middle of the glass.
First thing I set about making was Pomegranate Sorbet. Unfortunately, holiday errands prevented a trip to the Farmers' Market, so I ended up buying Knudsen Just Pomegranate instead of using fresh.
I've used the Knudsen Just Pomegranate in Grenadine before, and thought it OK. But whenever I've tried the juice on its own, I've found it incredibly tannic.
For a while, I thought that was just the way natural pomegranate was supposed to be. That is, until I tried fresh squeezed pomegranate juice from the Farmers' Market. Admittedly, there is an evolution through the pomegranate season, from young and tart Pomegranates to sweet and ripe late season softballs.
But no fresh juice I've ever tried has anywhere near the tannic character of the Knudsen.
But I thought, if it works OK in grenadine, it will work OK in a sorbet.
Well, the short answer is you never know which flavors will be suppressed by temperature and which will be enhanced. Dear god was that a tannic and medicinal tasting sorbet.
As she had just finished a glass of the Just Pomegranate, Mrs. eje said, "Yes, that is an exact and enhanced version of the Knudsen juice."
Thinking about it, they must have some sort of technological flaw with their juicing process. Too much of the white flesh or seeds are being crushed and contaminating the juice. It's the only thing I can figure out.
So sadly, no spiced changed phase jack rose like cocktail for me this month.