The zingy pulp of a pomegranate is a frequent source of temptation for me, regardless of the time of year. But each time I try indulging, I remember how much I dislike biting into the fruit's jaggedy, sour seeds. So when I first saw a bottle of pomegranate juice years ago, I thought it would be just right. Too bad the syrupy flavor was just wrong. My first thought was that it would make a great base for a cocktail.
They must have read my mind at Shout, where the Pom Pom does exactly that. Though still extra sweet, a dose of Ketel One Citroen and lemon mercifully cut the syrup factor, providing me with a pleasantly summery alternative to my standard Cosmopolitans.
Shout, 1197 Peachtree St. 404-846-2000. www.heretoserverestaurants.com.