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The Forbidden Sour- the perfect cocktail to enjoy while reading about modernism's taboo topics.

Updated: Nov 29, 2022

It's surprising for many to learn that sexual orientation is still a taboo topic in the field of architecture. Whether it's omitting Eileen Gray's lesbian history, or homophobic critiques of Paul Rudolph's work, the architectural world struggles to acknowledge the LGBTQ community.

Did you miss the post on "Sex, Lies and Architecture"? You can find it here.

A cocktail featuring pomegranate, "the forbidden fruit" seemed perfect to accompany this post on the love that dare not speak its name. With its mythical associations about the change of seasons, pomegranate is the perfect fruit to welcome fall. In ancient Greece, it was believed to have been planted by Aphrodite, the goddess of love on the island of Cypress. Veteran bartender and beverage consultant Eben Freeman came up with this bourbon riff on the Forbidden Fruit cocktail, (which features vodka). With only three ingredients (unless you want to add eqq white for some froth) it's easy to make and equally easy to tailor to a variety of palates.

I've altered the recipe slightly by removing the simple syrup that the original recipe calls for- the Pama liqueur is so sweet there is no need for additional sweetener in my opinion. But as you may know by now I like my cocktails booze forward...

The Forbidden Sour This recipe makes one cocktail


1oz. Bourbon

1/4 to 1/2 oz. Pama pomegranate liqueur (depending on how sweet you like your drink) 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

Add the bourbon, Pama and lemon juice into a shaker filled with ice and shake until well-mixed and chilled. Strain and pour into either an old fashioned glass not quite filled with ice or into a chilled cocktail coupe. Garnish with a cherry or some citrus.

* Why is Pomegranate the forbidden fruit?

The god of the underworld, Hades kidnapped young Persephone and brought her back to the underworld with him. She was eventually rescued by her mother Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, but just before she was about to leave the underworld she ate 6 seeds of the pomegranate. Because of this, she must spend 6 months of the year back in the underworld with Hades. During these six months, her mother Demeter mourns her loss and as a result the earth is cold and barren. When Persephone returns in the spring, her mother's joy brings life back to the plants and trees and flowers.


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