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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60 Comments

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

  2. Sam

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

  3. 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!

  4. Sam

    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.

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

  6. Sam

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

  7. 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!

  8. Sam

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

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

  10. 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

  11. 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!

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  13. 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.

  14. Sam

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

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  16. Sam

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

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

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  23. 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

  24. Sam

    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.

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  31. Sarah Sims

    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!

  32. Sam

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

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

  36. Sam

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

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  39. Great article, love the photography.
    When I tried the electric juicer approach a while back I found it left a bitter taste. I discovered that juicing the pith along with the seeds causes the bitterness. I love your underwater approach though. I think de-seeding and then wrapping the seeds in a muslin cloth and squeezing out the juice may be the best approach to keep the flavours sweet and scrumptious!

  40. Sam

    HI Andrew -an excellent point. I find pomegrantes so inconsistent generally from a taste perspective so agree to taking the seeds out. The other method Iv seen it to halve them like an orange and then juice them on a conical juicer (preferably electric) like you would an orange. Pith remains

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