Clear liquor is nothing but trouble. Let's get into some trouble.

This cocktail is a minor variation on the classic Tom Collins. We're just adding pomegranate juice. Before the cocktail purists bitch in the comments (as if comments were allowed), it's technically a variation on a gin fizz because we're shaking it instead of stirring. But Tom Collins affords the opportunity to make the lamest and least original of puns in the name.

The pomegranate has tons of health benefits, maybe. Clinical trials have been registered with the National Institutes of Health to investigate its effects on all kinds of illnesses, including erectile dysfunction.

Pom Collins

2 oz. gin

1 oz. pomegranate juice

Juice of one lemon

A pinch or so of superfine/caster sugar*

Club soda

Put everything but the club soda into your cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake until the sugar has dissolved.

Fill a highball glass with ice, and strain the contents of the shaker into it.

Top it off with club soda; garnish with a lemon wedge. Floating some pomegranate arils in there would make it look pretty fancy, but dispatching a pomegranate is real pain in the ass.

*If you don't have superfine/caster sugar, you can just use regular old granulated sugar, or castor oil.

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