Pomegranate Sips

by Matt on October 3, 2006


I love reviewing products. I love it even more when they have something pomegranatey about them (made up word alert). And I love it even more when it’s booze. Seriously, how could you get any better than that?

And if my typing goes south over the next few paragraphs, please forgive ueufi duifu fj3kjdfjkjfkdfjj.,jkj.  I’m drunk.

Where was I? Oh yes, pomegranates.


The first product up to taste is Pama Pomegranate Liqueur. I couldn’t wait to jump into this bottle solely because of the package. The glass bottle is elegant, the logo is attractive, it’s just enough without being boring. Calling itself the “world’s first pomegranate liqueur”, Pama is made with “all-natural California pomegranates” but doesn’t reveal too much about the distillation process or the base of the liqueur. However, the beautiful red crimson color doesn’t come from pomegranates themselves but from elderberry and grapeskin extract. It could be worse, I suppose.

So how does the Pama taste? Not too bad. A nice balance between the sweet and tart flavors of a pomegranate, this is a nice product to add to cocktails, club soda, as a syrup to drinks. I can’t imagine using this as a base for an entire drink, but it pairs nicely with other ingredients to make a pretty good cocktail.


Next is Charbay Pomegranate Vodka. Charbay is an award-winning distillery in Northern California that releases some exquisite flavored vodkas. Distilled by Miles Karakasevic, a 12th generation Master Distiller and Marko Karakasevic, a 13th generation Master Distiller, Charbay Vodkas are like no other.  I must admit that I appreciate the art and detail that goes into these vodkas, but personally they are not my favorites. Their flavor profiles impart an herbal note and leave a very strong medicinal essence in the glass, almost too much to identify the individual fruit. Don’t get me wrong–I have a bottle of all their fruit vodkas, but I believe they are better enjoyed sparingly and when I crave that distinctive Charbay taste. However, the pomegranate vodka is a nice break from that herbal flavor I seem to identify with them. It’s captures the true flavor of pomegranates and makes one heck of a nice cocktail. Again, this spirit features California pomegranates.

When there are no fresh pomegranates around to squeeze and juice into my favorite drink these two bottles will definitely satisfy my thirst. Cheers, y’all!


Pama Online

Domaine Charbay 

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

ilva October 3, 2006 at 9:58 am

What a coincidence, I have just been eating pomegranates and my fingers are still sticky of pomegranate juice and then I read this! Sounds lovely!

Jennifer Jeffrey October 3, 2006 at 6:40 pm

I’m convinced. *hic*

Chicken Fried Gourmet October 3, 2006 at 9:17 pm

I’ll have to find me some of this

an9ie October 5, 2006 at 6:49 pm

Ooh, they do look good. But where to find pomegranate liqueur in Perth? Sigh. They’re great in cooking too. My friend’s Mum used to make a traditonal Persion dish – chicken in pomegranate sauce – delicious!

Anna Maria October 5, 2006 at 10:00 pm

Wow, that bottle of PAMA is spectacular. Ilva of Lucullian Delights pointed me in the directions of your pomegranates (ooh sounds a little weird), because I commented to her how there seems to be a pomegranate thread going on in the food blogs. I’ve had pomegranate kernels macerated in vodka and sugar, and she makes them with wine and sugar. Now I want a pomegranate. And vodka.

Heather October 9, 2006 at 1:08 am

Oh my, that does look & sound good!! It’s 4:06pm Hong Kong time, too early for a drink?? :)


Jenni January 27, 2007 at 1:50 pm

Hey, I love that picture of the Charbay Pemegranate Vodka!!
Thanks for the review :-)
Liquid Smiles….

Jenni January 27, 2007 at 1:51 pm

Hey, I love that picture of the Charbay Pemegranate Vodka!!
Thanks for the review :-)
Liquid Smiles….

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