pomegranate limeade pomegranate limeade Israeli Kitchen It's best to find fresh pomegranates for this recipe. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

Handcrafted pomegranate lemonade

Is there any limit to the versatility and beauty of pomegranates? We think not.

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  • Yield: Serves 2
  • Prep time: 5 minutes

Every time I see pomegranates in the grocery store or at the farmers market, I get excited. It's as if I forget about them completely and they surprise me. Like I am Dory from "Finding Nemo." That's OK. I welcome the surprise.

For this recipe, I recommend fresh poms. The juice you get at the store is too tiny. And while you can purchase the pomegranate seeds on their own, harvesting your own is not that hard. Here's how to get those seeds out of your pomegranate.

Plus you will have seeds for pomegranate salads, popsicles or whatever else you like them on. They freeze well, too. Anyway, let's make this lemonade.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils (seeds)
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup

Directions

As I mentioned, seed your own pom. It gives you a reason to make this lovely persimmon and pomegranate salad.

pomegranate openedPomegranate seeds are available to purchase, but we recommend extracting them on your own from a fresh pom. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

To a collins glass, add 1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds. By the way, a standard collins glass is about 10 to 12 ounces. Any glass will work but because this drink is hand crafted, you will need to account for volume if using another glass.

Using a muddler, smash the seeds in the bottom of the glass, releasing all of the juice. Do this carefully as to not spray pom juice everywhere. It will look like a scene from a horror movie if you aren't careful.

Fill the glass with crushed ice. Oh, and some sliced lemons for presentation, but they are not required.

Juice one lemon in each glass and add two tablespoons of simple syrup. You might have to adjust this based on the size and how juicy your lemons are.

lemons amd limes in a bowlLemons or limes work here interchangeably. It just depends on your preference. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

Simple syrup is easy to make and great to have on hand for cocktails, homemade drinks like this lemonade, or even your morning coffee. For one cup of simple syrup, simply warm 3/4 cup sugar and 3/4 cup water over a low heat until combined. The syrup will last about a week.

Now top off your glass with some water and you are set! Enjoy.

pomegranate limeadePomegranates are a perfect complement to the lemons and limes in this lemonade recipe. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

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