Thursday, July 8, 2010

Pomegranate Mint Lemonade

My new favorite summertime beverage... well, maybe after a mango margarita... is

Pomegranate Mint Lemonade.
I had this fabulous beverage at a local restaurant. It was the most refreshing drink I have tasted in years...and I ordered TWO of them! The waiter was kind enough to share the "recipe"...

Start with a SIMPLE SYRUP: Bring to a boil, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Cool. (I keep this in my refrigerator...always ready to add to iced tea. Hey...I'm Southern!)

Pour a little Simple Syrup (about an inch or so in a highball glass) into the bottom of a glass.
Add several
torn mint leaves to the syrup and muddle, releasing the mint essence. (I use a muddler, but a spoon/wooden spoon can be used). Squeeze and strain the juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon into the glass. Stir.
Add 1 oz. of pomegranate syrup* or pomegranate juice and stir.
Top with sparkling water and a splash of Sprite.
Add ice and serve with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint. (Adjust amounts to taste.)

For a "kick", consider using Pomegranate Vodka (suggested by our server!).

*Pomegranate Syrup and Pomegranate Vodka is available at Total Wine or most good liquor stores. Grenadine Syrup will work, too (Grenadine used to be made from pomegranates or cherries. Today it's basically made with high fructose corn syrup.) Or you can make your own syrup by boiling pomegranate juice with super-fine sugar.

Stay cool...

Be sure to stop by Michele's blog, for all the Foodie Friday ideas and recipes. There are some really scrumptious posts this week!


Haden News said...

This sounds so refreshing!! I think I might have to try it with the Pomegranate Vodka:)

Ms. Bake-it said...

Oh yes, you know you are Southern when you keep simple syrup in the fridge! I always have some ready. As soon as I finish one batch I immediately make another! The Pomegranate Mint Lemonade sounds great! You are going to have to tell me where you can get a mango margarita! I love mangoes!

~ Tracy
(sorry but my first comment had a typo...)

Jennifer said...

What a perfect escape from this hot Southern weather we are experiencing; It sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

I love summer lemonades! This look delicious.

Shellbelle said...

Oh, this looks so good. Get a glass ready for me, it looks like I'll be in Dunedin at the end of the month for a couple of days. I want to go shelling at Honeymoon Island, I am seriously going through shelling withdrawal!

rjerdee said...

Summer sips are so much more fun than the winter ones! cool and breezy...we were drinking lingonberry juice yesterday, a fresh and light summer drink from IKEA.

Moore Minutes said...

Ooooh, that sounds so refreshing, unique, and fun! LOVE the pics too, what a pretty thing to sip on. :)

BECKY said...

I simply have to try some of these lovely drinks I am spying all around blogland! They all look so amazing!
Hope you have a wonderful week!

Simple Daisy said... know I love cocktails!! Mostly vino...but since i've decided to give it up for a tiny while....i'll be trying out other low cal alternatives:) I might have to try and make this into a low cal alternative:) :)

Suzy said...

Looks great. I make pomegranate lemonade too - pomegranate italian soda and lemonade mixed. Its so darn good and refreshing.

Jacqueline said...

Yum. I have my mint going really well right now and the kids love anything with pomegranate. I would never have thought of this. Thanks.

Patti said...

Not sure how I found your blog...but I'm glad I'm here. That recipe sounds SO refreshing and delish!! What a generous waiter to share the recipe. Thanks for sharing it here on your blog.

I love your sanctuary photo. I used to live in Florida (we're hoping to move back!), and my favorite beach escape was Wilbur by the Sea...near Daytona but it felt like a world apart...very minimal people.

Have a lovely day,
Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty)

One Shabby Old House said...

When's Happy Hour? Looks wonderful

Bill said...

Hi Jane,
Thanks for sharing the recipe -- it sounds so refreshing and looks really festive! I'm glad you provided both "kick" and regular versions.

I just saw your birthday post. Happy belated birthday! I love your positive approach that turns "slipping away" into a reason to focus on health, happiness, and creativity.

Kindest regards,

My Owl Barn said...

I love pomegranate but have never tried it in a lemonade. It sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe!