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Pama Pomegranate Liqueur
About PAMA POMEGRANATE LIQUEUR
I’ve been loving the recent increase in the smaller 325ml bottles at the larger spirit retailers. On one of my recent shopping trips, I picked up a few interesting looking liqueurs to try including PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur.
I didn’t have any prior knowledge of this liqueur and I was really surprised to see who produces it. The bottle states that its made in Bardstown, Kentucky but it’s the only clue it’s a Heaven Hill Distillery product. And even though I’d been researching their whiskey products recently, I’d never visited this separate website with their full product list.
PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur is intended to be a versatile spirit that celebrates the flavor of pomegranate. It’s made using juice from ripe California pomegranates along with vodka and a splash of tequila. Like most liqueurs, it can be easily used in cocktails as well as enjoyed neat or on the rocks.
❖ Spirit: Liqueur
❖ Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery
❖ ABV: 17%
❖ Low-Moderate Price
My Tasting Notes
❖ Color: ruby red
❖ Nose: sweet, pomegranate
❖ Taste: slightly thick mouthfeel, tastes similar to the nose but with some light tartness and alcohol heat.
❖ Finish: slight heat and fruity sweetness
1 oz Pama Liqueur
1 oz White Rum
1/2 oz Lime Juice
❖ Muddle 2 tablespoons of simple syrup and 6 to 12 mint leaves.
❖ Fill glass with ice and add PAMA, rum and lime juice.
❖ Top with club soda.
The PAMA website has a bunch of cocktail variations using the liqueur, but I wanted to try the mojito. Usually I prefer spirit forward cocktails, but lately I’ve been trying to branch out and try cocktails with sweeter ingredients. I was still hoping the sweetness of the liqueur would pair with the lime and mint and not be too overpowering. Also, the other mojito recipes I’ve tried have all been mixed in a shaking tin, so I was curious to see if there was a difference.
Even though it looks pretty in the pictures, I think I prefer mixing the cocktail before pouring in the glass. Even after stirring for a bit, the first few sips were sweeter than I’m use to and the PAMA flavor was overpowering. But it eventually got better when the club soda mixed in and it was still pretty refreshing.
PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur is a solid spirit with a clean pomegranate flavor. It isn’t trying to be anything other than that, and uses the vodka and tequila to support the flavor. I was a bit disappointed with the cocktail because it overpowered the other ingredients, so I think it works best as the main flavor. I enjoyed it most when I simply mixed it with club soda.
PAMA is also available in both 750ml and 325ml bottles, so you can try it without committing to a full bottle. And this is especially helpful because a full bottle is a bit expensive at around $20. It’s a competitive price for decent quality liqueurs, but it’s still nice to have an option of a cheaper and smaller bottle.
The last time I reviewed a Heaven Hill product the distillery workers had just began striking, and unfortunately not much has changed. The strike is in it’s third week and the union workers and management don’t look close to any resolution.
As always, drink responsibly.
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