Monday, March 24, 2014

Pomegranate Mint Orangeade


Last week marked the beginning of spring in most parts of the Western world, but its more like the beginning of summer here in the UAE. The scorch of the hot sun is starting to feel pretty intense if you're out and about from midday. 

Its definitely time for cooling, refreshing drinks which don't take long to put together, but make warm days all the more worthwhile, like this pomegranate mint orangeade. And if you're still in spring, then save this recipe for when summer comes, or make and take along on your next picnic. 


Like most people I can't think of anything more thirst quenching than fresh homemade lemonade in the heat. But its nice to play around with classic drinks and oranges are definitely one of those fruits that go really well together with lemons in a drink. 
I'm also still having my little pomegranate moment, having used it most recently in pomegranate white chocolate muffins, and a caramelized banana peach pomegranate fruit tart. I just love how it gives everything a delightful burst of sweetness whilst also giving a special pop of colour. And that's definitely what it does in this orangeade. Add a little mint and this drink is not only good to go but good to look at! 


One of my favourite things to do is to freeze pomegranate arils and mint leaves in an ice cube tray filled over with water. Its such an easy way to add pomegranate and mint to your drinks, when you need to use ice cubes. I didn't do that here but its totally an option for those who have to have ice in their drinks! 



Pomegranate Mint Orangeade
Serves 3-4

12 oranges, juiced, or 500ml fresh bottled orange juice
3 lemons, juiced
1 lemon, sliced
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup pomegranate arils, or pomegranate ice cubes
Large handful of mint leaves, or mint ice cubes.

1. Combine the water and sugar in a small pan over medium heat. Once the water starts to simmer stir well until the sugar has dissolved fully. Take off heat and leave to cool.
2. In a jug, pour in the orange and lemon juices. Slowly add the sugar syrup and mix well.
3. Add the lemon slices. Add the pomegranate arils and mint leaves, and/or ice cubes.

N.B. If preferred the sugar syrup can be added to taste.
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8 comments

  1. With the temperatures increasing, Ive been thinking of making my favourite Pineapple Mint Slush since few days. I will give this a try as well.

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    1. Pineapple Mint Slush sounds wonderful! I hope you have a recipe for it on the site! :)

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  2. Me too loves Orange and lemonades ....

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  3. I love orangeade. I actually prefer it to lemon. This must taste great with the pomegranate!

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    1. Hi Miss Messy, it most definitely does taste great with pomegranate, so as an orangeade person I'm pretty sure you'll love this too!

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  4. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. That's a refreshing drink...perfect for the climate in India right now.....

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