Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cindy Lou Who Martini

If you haven't seen the movie "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", this post may confuse you a bit.  I would advise you to check it out as it is my favorite Christmas movie and is considered a classic!  I have to watch it at least 3 times during the Holiday season, and my favorite character in the movie is Cindy Lou Who.  I think we all need to have a little bit of Cindy Lou Who mentality around the holidays to stay sane.  Afterall, there are plenty of Grinches around.  People who refuse to be jolly, steal things, or get so caught up in buying presents and running around that they forget the real meaning of the season and become grumpy etc.  Cindy Lou Who is naturally sweet and happy, knowing the real meaning of Christmas isn't in the gifts and decorations, and rushing around but in the spending time with loved ones.  I think I have done a good job this year remaining level headed and not getting stressed out about the Holidays.  No Grinch like attitude for me! 
I thought it would be fun to create a cocktail in the spirit of Cindy Lou Who.  Although she is underage and would be unable to drink it technically. 

I wanted it to be light and cheery, sweet, and beautiful.  I decided on a pomegranate pear combination with a little bit of vanilla.  I can see the Whos having pomegranates and pears on their table at a celebration and sweet vanilla is like the essence of Cindy. 
I also added a bit of lemon to balance the drink and it was perfect!  I garnished the rim with pink and red for fun and it was adorable! 

Of course I have included the recipe if you would like to make one for yourself!  Hope you are all feeling cheerful like Cindy Lou Who!  Cheers! 

Cindy Lou Who Martini
(Pomegranate Pear Vanilla Martini)
Makes 1

For the rim:
1 Tbsp agave nectar
1 Tbsp red sugars
1 Tbsp pink sugars
6 large ice cubes
4 oz pear vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz pomegranate juice
1 oz vanilla bean agave syrup*
pomegranate seeds
lemon zest twist

For the rim, put 1 Tbsp agave nectar on one plate, and sugars on another.  Dip the rim of the glass into the agave nectar coating the edge, then dip it into the sugars.  To make drink, in a martini shaker add the ice, vodka, pomegranate juice, lemon juice, vanilla syrup and place top on shaker. Shake until well blended. Place a few pomegranate seeds into the martini glass, Pour the drink through a strainer into a the prepared martini glass, garnish with lemon zest and serve!

*Vanilla Bean Agave Syrup:
makes about a cup

1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 vanilla bean slit lengthwise

Combine all ingredients in a glass jar, place top on and shake a few times.  Place in the fridge and let sit at least a day before using (the longer it sits the more pronounced the vanilla flavor will be. Keeps at least a few months. 


  1. Hi Amy-love the beautiful ruby red pomegranate and pear vodka martini!
    Such gorgeous colors, photos, and amazing flavors:DDD
    Buzzed you, and following your blog!

  2. Such a pretty drink, Amy! You are all about the pear vodka lately hehe. I have GOT to pick some up so I can try these drinks you're creating.


  3. My daughter has been putting Grinch quotes on Facebook all week! I am saving this for Christmas Eve - where the family is now all "
    of age." It is so pretty and we can all toast Cindy Lou Who.

  4. Cheers Amy! Love the colors and flavors! Just spectacular. :)

  5. What an interesting flavor combination! The presentation is gorgeous :)

  6. That is so pretty, and that photo of the pomegranate seeds is fabulous. Buzzed!

  7. I really love this one, Amy! Especially the name and the curly lemon peel!

  8. I love the Grinch! Somehow I haven't watched it yet this year - seen White Christmas like 5 times, but no Grinch...

  9. I'm delighted by your account of the thought process behind your creation! I've never seen the movie, but you've inspired me to check out this classic =)

  10. I think this time I'm going to be Grinch and steal your martini! I love it! So Christmas-y!
    Happy Holidays Amy!

  11. Yum, what a wonderfully delicious cocktail and perfect holiday inspiration.