pomegranate and ginger spritzer

by Sam on May 10, 2013

pomegranate and ginger spritzer

pomegranate and ginger spritzer

I’m on a bit of a pomegranate vibe at the moment, I simply cant get enough of them. They are in full season so I’m buying them whenever I can.

They are a fairly inconsistent fruit in terms of taste. Sometimes the seeds are awesome and burst in your mouth and dissipate. Other times they seem to have more fibres in the seeds, and land up being a bit chewy after they have bust. Sometimes they are sweeter, and sometimes they can be bitter.

Making a juice and a cordial from them solves all these issues.

pomegranate and ginger spritzer

The process of de- seeding them can be quite an ordeal and not recommended in white linen pajamas. Trust me on this, I have learned from experience (although pleased to note that the juice does not stain). In the past I have de-seeded them on my kitchen counter and then sent them through my juice extractor. Aside from the noise it makes as the seeds hit the inner cutter – similar to that of a rifle being fired off – the mess is unmanageable. As someone mentioned on Twitter the other day, its like being in a scene of Dexter.

Fortunately I have now discovered by far the best way to de-seed a pomegranate, and I have also discovered the best way to juice one. It is not in a juice extractor.

It is so neat and tidy, you could almost safely do it in white pajamas.

To de-seed a pomegrante:

Cut into the the pomegranate length-ways about 1/4 of the way down, and then pull the 2 halves apart thereby keeping more of the seeds in tact. Do the same with each half, so you land up with 4 quarters of fruit.

Fill a large bowl with water and submerge the fruit in this. With your hands under water, gently pull the seeds out of the shell removing any pithy bits. If any of the seeds burst, it all happens under water and does not splatter all over your wall and you. It also helps prevent your fingers from getting stained.

You will notice that the white pithy bits float to the top and can be easily picked out.

Strain the seeds through a sieve picking out all remaining pieces of white connective pith.

To juice them, you could put these seeds through the juicer, or I have found a much better way.

To juice the pomegranate: (no de-seeding required)

Cut the pomegranate in half sideways through the centre. Hold the half firmly over an electrical rotary juicer, and juice them as you would an orange.

In seconds all the berries have been broken and the juice drips into the bowl.

To ensure that all the berries have been juiced (you may find a few strays that popped out and remained whole), push down on the pulp with a spatula.

Strain the juice and there you have it.

Add a splash of good quality tequila to this spritzer, and you have got yourself a fabulous cocktail.

Pomegranate+ginger+lime+tequila = an awesome combination of flavours.

Cordial recipe | makes enough for 4 – 6 drinks

  • 1 cup of fresh pomegranate juice (juice from 2 – 3 pomegranate)
  • 2 t lime or lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar (you could add 1/2 cup)
  • 5cm piece of fresh ginger thinly sliced
  • lime/ lemon wedges to serve
  • pomegranate seeds for garnish

Put all the above ingredients in a pot and bring to the boil. Allow this to simmer of a low heat for about 5 – 8 minutes. You can bash the ginger around in the pot a bit to bring out more o f its flavour. Allow to cool and strain the liquid into a  small jug to serve.

Add a splash (desired quantity) of the cooled cordial to a glass and top up with soda water (club soda) or sparkling mineral water. Add tequila if you are in a party mood. Serve with fresh lime and pomegranate seeds.

Cheers!

pomegranate and ginger spritzer

pomegranate and ginger spritzer

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Aninas Recipes May 10, 2013 at 11:04 am

How clever! Beautiful pics and recipe, Sam!

Tami May 10, 2013 at 11:07 am

Beautiful photography (as usual). Thank you for the helpful “how-to” on juicing pomegranates :) xx

Sam May 10, 2013 at 11:12 am

Thanks Tami, I couldn’t take the stained white Pj’s any longer, and the red splattered walls. Have a lovely week end :-)

femmegypsy May 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Looks incredible and I cannot wait to try it! Adore pomegranate and ginger!

Meagan May 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Love your website, thank you for your constant enthusiasm, food is a passion, that dips and drizzles into my heart! It is simply amazing to get your messages during the morning, it just lifts my spirits so much! Brings food hope!

Sam May 10, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Hi Meagan, thanks so much for he very lovely words of appreciation, totally made my day :-). Its very rewarding to know that the recipes I do, and the images I create of them are enjoyed out there.

Adam May 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Great clean photos, lovely drink too, many anti oxidants,
What camera is this? And lens?

Sam May 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Hi Adam. Thanks. I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark 2 and I used a 24/70mm L lens for these shots.

DessertForTwo May 11, 2013 at 12:48 am

Oh, I’m so sad we live in different climates! Our pomegranate season is over, sadly, and now I really want this! Pinning for next year!

Sam May 11, 2013 at 7:35 am

I hate that we are on the opposite sides of the seasonal spectrum and all our food is out of sink :-/.

sue wildish May 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Sounds delicious Sam. And the pictures are gorgeous? Have an almost ‘old-Master’ feel to them – renaissance painting.

Swati Bansal Rao May 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm

looks absolutely delectable and luscious. I have been looking for a recipe whereby I could use the beautiful pomegranates in season. Definitely trying this one! love looking around your blog

Sam May 11, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Thanks Swati :-)

Lizzy (Good Things) May 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm

A beautiful recipe and gorgeous photographs, Sam. I cannot get enough of pomegranates, they’re in season in Australia now, but we’ve just learned that one of Australia’s largest pomegranate orchards is closing down due to uncontrollable disease!

JC May 18, 2013 at 6:19 am

I can’t wait for pomegranate season. It’s summer here in Arizona. I love your creations and I love your photography. I love your site. Thank you so much for sharing.

Sam May 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Hi Lizzy, sorry to hear about this. I am sure this also means the price will go up :-(

Gourmet Creations May 21, 2013 at 2:48 am

How Refreshing!

Kari@Loaves n Dishes June 2, 2013 at 1:55 am

Love the techniques for handling the pomegranate; and the spritzer looks so refreshing and pretty!

Sam June 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Thanks Kari. Now Im actually wishing I had some juice now.

Fiona July 27, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Hi Sam, I tried your deseeding method, worked like a charm! Having my spritzer now, made with pomegranate tea, soda, and the seeds, yum!

Sam July 29, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Glad you enjoyed Fi xx

Angie November 19, 2013 at 2:20 am

Easier still is to slice your pomegranate in half and stretch the sides outa little then turn it seed side down over a bowl …. Take a wooden spoon and smack the peel … They literally all fall out mess free! Beautiful really and makes it far less work

Sam November 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Hi Angie, that works if the skins are soft. Sometimes they are extremely hard and you cannot bend them. I have never been able to achieve this.

Indigo Colton December 16, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Hello! I wanted to let you know that I have featured your drink recipe in my holiday drink roundup, which you can read here: http://spikesandstardust.com/2013/12/12/need-a-reindeer-mug-with-that-drink/. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Sam December 17, 2013 at 9:31 am

Thanks so much Indigo :-)

Sarah Sims November 5, 2014 at 10:42 pm

I’m so excited to try this! I am going to test it out to take it to a friends for dinner. I was wondering, can I pre-mx the cordial and the sparkling water beforehand to take to my friends? Does it serve well that way? Thanks for the recipe!

Sam November 7, 2014 at 10:13 am

HI Sarah, not its best to add the soda just before serving otherwise it will go flat. Enjoy!

Deanna December 6, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Best way to open a pomegranate – this is brilliant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN0AGQkTemE

Corinne Brown December 15, 2014 at 11:20 pm

May I reprint this recipe in a small organization magazine I edit? Our logo is a pomegranate for our online newsletter!

Sam December 17, 2014 at 10:30 am

Hi Corinne – yes sure. if you can just credit me and drizzleanddip.com

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