Pomegranate and ginger spritzer

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pomegranate and ginger spritzer

I’m on a bit of a pomegranate vibe at the moment, I simply can’t get enough of them. They are in full season so I’m buying them whenever I can. This pomegranate spritzer is a delicious and refreshing drink.

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 fibers in the seeds and land up being a bit chewy after they have burst. 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 is not recommended in white linen pyjamas. 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, it’s 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.

pomegranate and ginger spritzer

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

How to de-seed a pomegranate:

Cut into the pomegranate lengthways about 1/4 of the way down, and then pull the 2 halves apart thereby keeping more of the seeds intact. 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 underwater, gently pull the seeds out of the shell removing any pithy bits. If any seeds burst, it all happens underwater 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.

You could put these seeds through the juicer to juice them, 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 like 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

pomegranate and ginger spritzer
pomegranate and ginger spritzer

Pomegranate and ginger spritzer

Pomegranate and ginger spritzer is a delicious summer mocktail or cocktail
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pomegranate and ginger spritzer
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:8 minutes

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Put all the above ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Allow this to simmer of low heat for about 5 – 8 minutes. You can bash the ginger around in the pot a bit to bring out more of 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.

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34 Comments

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

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

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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!

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

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

  11. 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

  12. Thanks Swati 🙂

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

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

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

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

  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!

  19. Glad you enjoyed Fi xx

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. Thanks so much Indigo 🙂

  23. Sarah Sims says:

    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!

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

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

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

  27. 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!

  28. 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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