pomegranate lemonade

pomegranate lemonade

pomegranate lemonade

pomegranate lemonade

I was blown away by an amazing array of beverages available in the USA on my recent travels there. The category has literally exploded, and in line with what I saw in London two years ago. Sadly I wasn’t in either place long enough to drink my through these hundreds of amazing sounding drinks flavours.

The one thing I did drink a lot of in America on this trip was lemonade.

pomegranate lemonade

This is a staple and you find it everywhere. It’s generally inexpensive and you can get it in so many formats from hand-made artisinal to mass-produced powdered mix varieties. I only ever tasted ones that were delicious. It’s not like the fizzy clear lemonade we know here. This is made from lemons, and it quenches your thirst better than anything else I can think of.

pomegranate lemonade

I have had a philosophy over the past two decades to try not ingest calories in a liquid format.  Obviously this doesn’t apply to wine and other boozy drinks. Its been my way of trying to limit the number of potentially fat causing particles allowed into my body. So I live on water, and sugar-free drinks (in general).

However, when in America one must drink lemonade. Or if you can’t go to America, make your own proper lemonade.

pomegranate lemonade

When it comes to juicing lemons you will discover that this citrus doesn’t yield much juice. It’s not anything like an orange. So to make two cups of juice you are going to need to go through  10 – 12 lemons. Doing this by hand is a chore of note. Having the Breville Juice & Blend makes it a total breeze. It is not surprising that this is the best-selling domestic juice machine in the country. You are also guaranteed to get ALL the juice out of each lemon. You just need to do remove the skin and pith, whack it into the feeder spout and bam – you are in juice. You do the same to make the pomegranate juice.

pomegranate lemonade

Lemonade consists of lemon juice + sugar syrup + water / soda water, so you can make it as strong and as sweet as you like. The Americans taste tends to lean to the sweeter side whereas I like it less sweet. I only added 1/2 cup of sugar syrup, but taste and test and add as much as you like. You need loads of ice and water to top up the drink but I prefer soda water to give it an extra refreshing fizz.

pomegranate lemonade

To make sugar syrup you can either do a 1:1 ratio (sweeter) – or what I prefer a 2:1 (less sweet) ratio of water to sugar. Simply heat two cups of water with one cup of sugar until it has dissolved. Bring it to the boil and then remove from the heat to cool. Decant and store in a jar.

You will notice that I have garnished this drink with fresh sprigs of thyme, and this is because thyme and lemons are beautiful together. I have left it here as an interesting garnish, but you could infuse some of the thyme flavor into the syrup. Just add a few sprigs to the hot syrup at the stage where you remove it from the heat. Bruise the stalks a little to release some of the aromatics and then strain the syrup when it’s cooled. This will add a delicious herbaceous spike to your drink.

Recipe – makes about a litre of concentrate

Juice the lemons in the Breville Juice & Blend and mix with the pomegranate juice and sugar syrup together. Keep this in a jog or bottle and use as required. Pour this into a tall glass about 1/3 of the way up. Fill the glass with ice. Top up with water or soda water and serve with fresh thyme sprigs and a few whole pomegranate seeds. These will pop in the mouth as you drink and look so very pretty.

I’m dying to experiment with other flavors, in particular a mango lemonade which I tasted when I was in Vegas.

pomegranate lemonade

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22 Responses to pomegranate lemonade

  1. evthomas May 21, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

    Stunning, stunning pictures Sam – I could have one of these right now.

  2. Sam May 21, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    Thanks Ev – x

  3. DisplacedHousewife May 21, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    I’ll take mine with vodka, thanks!! B E A U T I F U L. xx

  4. andri May 21, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

    Stunning!! Can’t wait to make this!

  5. Gaby May 21, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

    This is such a pretty drink and sounds so refreshing!

  6. YogurtHydro May 21, 2015 at 10:01 pm #

    Gorgeous photos, even the ice looks tasty!!:) Oh – and adding vodka sounds like a great idea LOL.

  7. Justine May 21, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

    Gorgeous!!! I love this idea!! The next time I have pomegranates going to give this a try!! Thanks!!

  8. Simi Jois May 21, 2015 at 11:38 pm #

    Stunning, sooo love this.

  9. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits May 22, 2015 at 12:57 am #

    Haha, I love your line, “when in America one must drink lemonade.” When the warm weather starts kicking in, I definitely need to make more lemonade! This drink looks fantastic!

  10. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen May 22, 2015 at 8:44 am #

    Wow! This is a gorgeous looking refreshing lemonade. Loved it! 🙂

  11. Sam May 24, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

    Thanks Anu 🙂

  12. Sam May 24, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

    Thanks Lisa – mine is not that sweet – Im sure it needs more sugar x

  13. Sam May 24, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

    Thanks Simi 🙂

  14. Sam May 24, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

    Thanks Justine

  15. Sam May 24, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

    Thanks Yogurt Hydro – yes vodka would be awesome in this obvs 🙂

  16. Sam May 24, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

    Ha ha Rebecca – yes vodka would be fab with this.

  17. Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 26, 2015 at 7:57 am #

    This lemonade is just the prettiest, I love the color!

  18. thejameskitchen May 26, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    Adorable lemonade, I really like the ruby pomegranate seeds floating in the pink. And gorgeous, atmospheric pictures. N

  19. Sam May 26, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Thanks James 🙂

  20. Sam May 26, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Thanks Laura 🙂

  21. Nicole February 20, 2016 at 10:10 pm #

    How many pomegranates do you need?

  22. Sam February 20, 2016 at 10:47 pm #

    Hi Nicole, I think I used bought pomegranate juice so I don’t know, but it really will vary from one pomegranate to another. I would say between 3 – 5.

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