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Easy Recipe For Isle of Pines Cocktail

Happy Hour: Isle of Pines

Among my many cooking resolutions for the new year, I've made a pact with myself to reduce my food waste. So when I was in desperate need of a cocktail while watching this year's Golden Globes, I made sure to use ingredients I already had on hand.

The Isle of Pines, a cocktail named after the Cuban island just south of Havana, fit the bill. It is straightforward but has all the attributes — sweet and tangy, with a slight edge — that I look for in a cocktail. See the simple recipe when you read more.

Isle of Pines

Isle of Pines

Fast & Easy Recipe for Isle of Pines Cocktail


1/2 cup pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup white rum
1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
Ice cubes


  1. Bring pomegranate juice and sugar to boil in heavy small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 5 minutes. Cool syrup.
  2. Pour 2 tablespoons syrup, 1/2 cup rum, and 1/4 cup grapefruit juice into cocktail shaker. Fill with ice; shake vigorously. Strain into 2 Martini glasses. Repeat to make 2 more drinks.

Serves 4.

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