The kind folks at POM Wonderful sent me some POM juice the other day. They actually didn't ask me to write a review...they just wanted to send me some juice. Normally, I'd shy away from this sort of thing (the whole something for nothing routine), but since they didn't pull up in my neighborhood asking me to get inside their white van, I figured I was okay. Probably just as well, chances are, I'd have run straight into the side of it anyway. *
Actually, I was pretty psyched about getting the juice...I remember Jack (who thinks the bottle can double as a sex toy) and Roni talking about the freebies they got from the company, but they seem like such BIG bloggers...how did I get included on this list of who's who? I felt *very* cool. Which is funny...because I'm so NOT important. It's not like I'm Obama. Or Ghandi. Or Brangelina. Or even one of the Olsen Twins in their heyday (circa 1982). So basically, I got on the list via a typo by someone. Whatever, I'm totally taking it.
Anyway, I came home one day and Joe said that I might've received an organ in the mail. Thinking he meant a pipe organ, I gave him a quizzical look. So he said, "You know, like a heart. Not like a church organ! Who would send you that?" In my defense, he couldn't exactly think of someone who would send me a vital organ either.
It turns out, he didn't know what was in the box, but he did see that it had a sticker on the side that said "REFRIGERATE IMMEDIATELY." So Joe did - without opening the box (he didn't want to violate my privacy). Thus his joke about someone shipping me organs.
So I'll say this to any POM people who could or would be reading. You could really remove a lot of confusion surrounding the double meaning of the word "organ" if you would put a sticker on the side that said, "Refrigerate immediately. Don't be alarmed, though. This box does not contain any organs. Of any kind. Probably." That way if they WANTED to put organs in the box, they totally could without having to re-print stickers. Look at me, POM people. I'm totally making your shipping department more streamlined. You're welcome.
When I finally got around to opening the package, there were a few bottles of POM Blueberry Pomegranate juice and some great tips and info about pomegranates and it's juice. All of that is at home or else I'd probably go into it here. Let's just say it's probably got a lot of health benefits. I know. I'm the worst on-the-spot reviewer ever.
When we first got it, I drank some and handed the little cute-as-can-be bottle to Joe. Who took a sip and said something profound like, "meh." I liked it...it was sweet and tart, tangy and sweet. I should stop and say that I drink juice maybe once a year. I just got out of the habit years ago and never really reintroduced it. So while the POM juice was a welcome surprise and pleasant change, it's not something that I would normally pick up, just like the fate of any other juice. It's nothing personal, POM people.
I WILL try cooking with it because they list a lot of great recipes on their website...and some of them look pretty tasty.
But last night? I was trying to make room in the fridge for leftovers. Leftovers being something that I cooked and decided to not waste calories and stomach space on by eating. Smart right? Yes...you'd think so.
But after a sip, inspiration struck me. I decided that what it would go REALLY well with was some Malibu Rum that was also in the fridge door.
YIKES. What I found out was that this was the best tasting mixed drink EVAH. Tart, sweet, tangy, fruity, and YUMMY.
Two little POM bottles later (16 ounces of juice, and 360 calories of JUICE) and a few shots of coconut flavored rum mixed in each time and I was happy. I even let Joe have a sip who said that I know how to mix a good drink. Right. That's me. The bartender....the one with hot-shot complicated drinks... like juice and alcohol.
Good thing I passed on the leftovers...nothing like wasted calories, huh?
* Which reminds me, you totally need to enter that sweepstakes via the link...seriously, not many people have done so, so your chances of winning $150 are looking better each day!
Disclaimer: I was comped a few bottles of Blueberry Pomegranate POM Wonderful. But the honest review and tipsy-ness that ensued shortly afterwards was all me, baby!