The Smitten

Looking for the perfect drink to serve your sweety on V-Day? How about a citrusy, floral and festively RED cocktail? 

Often, I fall in love with drinks only to discover that the liquors used are so obscure or the recipe requires too many steps to tackle. I then sadly realize I will NEVER make it at home. Last week, our friends the Smits served up this easy breezy cocktail, and we were SMITTEN ?

What I loved was that I had all the ingredients at home already! But even if you don’t, they are easily found at groceries and liquor stores, and leftovers will NOT go to waste – pomegranate juice is good to drink all on its own or as a splash to add to sparkling water-  and check out my Elderflower Margarita for another option to use elderflower liqueur.

BUT, better stock up on some sweet Florida citrus as it’s my guess you’ll find yourself making THIS drink over and OVER again!

Whatever you’ve got cooking for Valentine’s Day, you’re sure to fall for this cocktail.

Sending my love to all the sweethearts out there ?. Cheers!

Can I Make This Drink Ahead?

Yes, but make it just through step 1 and refrigerate. Shake it with ice and pour only when ready to serve.


What If I Don’t Have a Coupe Glass?

No worries! Just pour into a low ball glass or wine glass. Even a martini glass would work!


Are There Any Zesty Substitutions?

Our friends who introduced us to this fab drink were split on which liqueur they preferred to use. The husband loved it with elderflower, the wife likes using Cointreau in its place. I very much enjoy both versions! The elderflower definitely adds more of a floral, subtle herbal note, and reminds me more of V-day. Though if you prefer more of an intense orange flavor, try Cointreau instead.


Watch me make The Smitten cocktail:


Make Ahead Dinner Party Quick & Easy

The Smitten

Prep Time5 mins
Servings: 2 cocktails


  • 1 small orange juiced
  • 1 small lemon juiced
  • 4 ounces gin
  • 2 ounces elderflower liqueur
  • 6 ounces pomegranate juice


  • In a cocktail shaker or jar with a lid, pour in the juice from the orange and lemon. Add the gin, elderflower, and pomegranate juice.
  • Add a handful of ice cubes to the jar, place the lid on, and shake vigorously for 20 seconds.Strain into a coupe glass and serve.

Tips & Tricks

  • There are 4 ounces in ½ cup. If you don’t have a jigger to measure the liquid, use ½ cup gin, ¼ cup elderflower, and ¾ cup of pomegranate juice.


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