Pomegranates are associated with abundance, good health, and good fortune in many cultures across the Mediterranean and Middle-east and are much devoured during festive seasons. They get their beautiful deep red colour from polyphenols. Polyphenols are antioxidants that mop up the free radicals that damage the cells and cause inflammation. In our modern world, inflammation is the main cause of most chronic diseases. They are also rich in Vitamin C. For its taste appeal and health properties, I am very keen on using this fantastic ingredient in my cooking where I can – as in my Poached Pears recipe.
Ginger is known for its warming properties and digestive system support. This healthy alcohol-free drink allows you to feel the spirit of festive time whilst supporting your well-being and gut. I make this even for my teenage daughters, they love the look, taste, and after-effects of this delicious mocktail. Tasty and stylish, what else would you need?
There are a couple of important points about the ingredients.
- You should use no-sugar-added pomegranate juice, a natural one. If you cant juice it at home I recommend the 100% pomegranate juice from POM.
- I make my own fresh ginger extract by simply crushing a teaspoon of chopped ginger in a garlic press – this way you eliminate all the chewy bits and end up with an intense ginger flavour. I use the garlic press from OXO
- 200 ml Pomegranate Juice
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- Juice of 1-2 tsp ginger
- 200 ml sparkling mineral water/soda water
- Ice cubes, optional
- Rosemary sprigs and Lime slices, for garnishing
- Mix the pomegranate juice, lime juice, and ginger extract in a jug. Equally, split into 2 tumblers and top it up with sparkling water/soda water.
- Add ice cubes, garnish with rosemary sprigs, and lime slices.
- Sip & Enjoy!