The Gin Daisy

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This organic twist on this old-time classic does away with the grenadine, using a house-made pomegranate syrup instead. Historic cocktail enthusiasts will note that this is not much of a departure: modern grenadine is artificially-flavored and colored, but the traditional (and far superior) ingredients are just pomegranate, sugar and water.  To make this delicious syrup, take 2 cups of fresh pomegranate seeds and boil them in 1 cup of water.  Stir in 1 cup of sugar until sugar is entirely dissolved.  Lower heat and allow the syrup to simmer for 10 minutes, then turn off the stove.  Strain out the seeds once cool.  This syrup will keep refrigerated for some time. To mix the cocktail, combine 2 ounces of Juniper Green Gin, half an ounce of pomegranate simple syrup, and the fresh squeezed juice from half an organic lemon in a shaker with ice and shake.  Pour into a copper cup or a highball glass and garnish with a few pomegranate seeds and a slice of lemon.