Hiram Walker is set to introduce the first pomegranate schnapps to the US market.

The Pernod Ricard-owned brand confirmed yesterday (18 July) that it was releasing Hiram Walker Pomegranate this summer. Like all of the 36 flavours in the Hiram Walker stable, Hiram Walker Pomegranate Schnapps is made with only natural flavours, the company noted.

"The pomegranate flavour trend is about to tip in the on-premise," said Ron Zussman, brand director for Hiram Walker at Pernod Ricard USA. "We're offering a real solution versus juice that spoils quickly and other pomegranate liqueurs that are significantly more expensive."

The launch will be supported by marketing initiatives and both on- and off-premise point of sale materials. "We're excited to have a great-tasting new flavour that captures consumer imagination, and we're working on several other initiatives with the support of Pernod Ricard USA, which is dedicated to solidifying the brand's presence as a leading player in the dynamic liqueurs category," concluded Zussman.

The drink will be available in 50ml, 750ml and 1-litre sizes and will be sold - along with other Hiram Walker Schnapps flavours - at a suggested retail price of US$9.99-11.99 for the 750ml.

Hiram Walker joined the Pernod stable when the French company bought Allied Domecq last year.

Earlier this year, Heaven Hill Distilleries launched a pomegranate liqueur in the US, while Pearl Vodka released the first super-premium pomegranate vodka in the country late last year.