Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail

Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail

Posted by Kylie Suich

It's late Autumn in Melbourne and Pomegranates are in season.

This Mocktail is super easy - you can buy a top grade Pomegranate juice, or make your own following the info below.  If you like a drink with a bit more kick add in Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer if you have it at home, by using these instead of soda you definitely want need to add any type of sweetener to your drink.

Pomegranates are a favourite fruit of mine. I used to make a very decadent dark chocolate fudge flavoured with pomegranate molasses and pistachios that was simply divine. 

You can buy the molasses at any Middle Eastern Grocer, though it may be very high in added sugar.  If you want to make some at home, follow the steps below (after the pic) to make pomegranate juice and then:

  • for each cup of juice add 1/2 cup of raw brown sugar & 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • bring to a boil and then simmer very slowly for approximately an hour
  • keep simmering until you get a thickened syrup, that you can then bottle and store until use
  • depending on how sweet the fruit, you can adjust the amount of lemon to add.  You will need to add some sugar though - you can play around with what type you add according to your preference.

You can use this molasses instead of vanilla to give a sour citrus flavour within any dessert you love that features nuts, as they pair so well together.  It also works well drizzled over a fresh fruit salad instead or as a dipping sauce on a fruit & nut platter. 

How to make Pomegranate juice for this Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail recipe.  Grab about 6 - 8 largeish pomegranates and:

  • use a small sharp knife, remove the top of the fruit that looks like a crown. 
  • score the outside with your knife into four sections, then gently break it open by hand
  • drop the fruit pieces into a large bowl with cold water, then by hand break apart the pomegranate arils underneath the water. It helps prevent juice from squirting everywhere - which stain very badly!
  • drain the water from the pomegranate arils and discard the rind (you can keep the water to make a less intense juice if you want)
  • Then blend/pulse until all the arils have been crushed but most of the seeds are still in tact. This usually takes no more than 15 to 20 seconds.
  • Pour the juice through a strainer. This is a slow process as the pulp is pretty thick, so you can use a spatula to press the pulp against the strainer to push the juice through faster
  • Keep some of the arils unbroken - so you can garnish your drink
  • Pour juice into a glass to serve. 5 to 6 large pomegranates should produce about 4 cups of juice. Leftover juice can be refrigerated in a jar for approx 5 to 6 days, but it's best enjoyed as fresh as possible.

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