This fall season, make this pomegranate lemonade as an appetizer for your celebration. You will love the sweet taste of the fresh pomegranate juice mixed with lemon juice and a bit of sweetener.
I adapted this pomegranate recipe from my strawberry lemonade. With this recipe, we will use pomegranate instead of strawberries and also sweetened with white sugar. You can use this recipe as a template to make other lemonade with fruits in season.
Facts about Pomegranate Fruit
Pomegranate is a round, red fruit packed with juicy edible seeds known as arils. The seeds are sweet and very colorful. They are low in calories and fat but high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. (healthline.com)
Why you will like this Pomegranate Lemonade
- The recipe is low in sugar, light, and refreshing.
- Easy to make: you can use fresh pomegranate, frozen or store-bought arils.
- You can easily customize it to your taste. You can use regular sugar as I did or replace the sugar with honey or any sugar alternative.
- It requires only 3 ingredients, a blender, and a strainer.
Pomegranate – use fresh Pomegranate fruit for the recipe, but frozen or store-bought arils (pom)will also work. Fresh pomegranate juice tastes better than the store-bought type. When selecting the best pomegranate with deep color arils, choose the ones with golden brown patches on the exterior.
Lemon: use fresh lemon juice for the best taste.
Sugar: white granulated sugar was used. You can also use brown sugar, honey, or other sugar alternatives.
Step-by-step Instructions on how to make Pomegranate Lemonade
Step One- Make the Pomegranate juice
This step can be ignored when you use store-bought pomegranate juice or arils. Use a paring knife cut off the top about a half inch from the crown. Score the pomegranate into sections. Break open the pomegranate into sections. While underwater, gently pull the arils loose using your thumbs. The plump, juicy pomegranate seeds will sink to the bottom while the pith floats on the water.
Pour the arils or seeds into a blender, blend until the seeds are partly crushed, and strain to extract the juice.
Step two- Make a Simple Syrup.
Making syrup is very simple to do and makes the lemonade taste better. All you need is an equal part of sugar and water. You can also infuse your simple syrup with herbs and spices to flavor the syrup.
To make the syrup, add the sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Take it off the heat and allow the syrup to cool.
This simple syrup can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for a month.
Step three – Extract lemon juice
Freshly squeezed lemon juice makes a difference in the lemonade. I like to use citrus juice or a handheld juicer for extracting lemons. I usually roll the lemon back and forth on the counter to soften them and get more juice. Then Cut the lemon in half, place the center of each half on the juicer, and press, squeeze and twist the lemon until all the juice is extracted.
Strain the juice and set aside.
Step four – Make the Pomegranate Lemonade.
Mix pomegranate juice, lemon juice, and syrup until blended. Strain the mixture into a jug or pitcher and add the additional cups of water or sparkling water. Stir well. Taste and adjust the sweeteners to your preference.
Step five – Serve the Lemonade.
Serve the pomegranate lemonade with lemon slices, ice, and pomegranate arils in the glass, if desired.
Alternative Ingredients for Making the Lemonade
This pomegranate lemonade can be adjusted to your taste and the ingredients you have.
- Use store-bought arils or juice if you don’t have fresh pomegranate fruit to extract the juice. Make sure the juice is not sweetened or mixed with other fruit.
- Store-bought lemon juice can be used instead of freshly juiced lemon juice.
- You can add the sugar directly to the lemonade without making syrup. Any sugar alternative can be used in place of white granulated sugar.
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- 240 ml (1 cup) pomegranate juice (2 whole pomegranates)
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) fresh lemon juice
- 45 g (3 tbs)p granulated sugar
- 2 cups cold water use ½ cup for the simple syrup
- Add the pomegranate seeds or arils to the blender and blend on high until the seeds are partly crushed. Strain the pomegranate to extract the juice and set aside.
- Make a simple syrup with 3 tablespoons and ½ cup of water. Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Take it off the heat and allow the syrup to cool.
- Extract the lemon juice using citrus juice or handheld juice. Strain and set aside.
- Mix pomegranate juice, lemon juice, and syrup until blended. Strain the mixture into a jug or pitcher and add the additional cups of water or sparkling water. Stir well.
- Fill a large glass or pint mason jar with ice, lemon slices, and pomegranate seeds. Fill to the top with pomegranate lemonade and enjoy