Refreshing, delicious, and packed full of flavor- this pomegranate mint cooler might just become your next favorite summer drink. While getting your hands on a store-bought syrup or concentrate might seem the easy way out, it won't pack in that element of freshness that this freshly made beverage will give you.
Ready to take your taste buds for a ride? Give this super simple and easy recipe a try for a potluck or for when you're having friends over for a summer barbeque.
Why Pomegranate and Mint?
You'll be surprised at how healthy and power-packed this drink can really be. It packs in the antioxidants from the pomegranate and the fiber from its seeds. That, teamed up with the mint leaves which have anti-spasmodic properties, makes it a drink that can be great for your digestive system.
If you're adding in lemon juice, you're also getting the immune-boosting powers of vitamin C. If you're adding in ginger (which you'll find out about down below in the tips and tricks section), you'll also be getting another immune-boosting support of the ginger, and its digestion boosting action.
That's not all! This drink can also actually be a great way to keep yourself hydrated during the hot summers.
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This tangy and fruity concoction needs just a few ingredients.
- Pomegranate airls
- Fresh mint
- Lemon juice
- Sparkling water or lemon lime soda
- Ice cubes
Kitchen Tools Needed
How to Make the Pomegranate Mint Cooler
In a tall glass, combine the pomegranate arils, mint leaves, lemon juice, sugar, and salt together.
Using a masher or spoon, mix this together mashing until the sugar is dissolved and the pomegranate arils are adding juice.
Add a few ice cubes to the glass.
Top it with sparkling water or lemon-lime soda and give a gentle stir before serving.
Can I Make & Store it For Later?
Yes, you can definitely do that. However, it is important to note that this drink tastes best when prepared and consumed fresh. If you're still keen on making it in advance, you can do that too. Just grind the mixture in a food processor instead of mashing it, and then strain and store the mixture (without the added soda) in a glass bottle and refrigerate it.
You can then use this pomegranate mint concentrate to create a quick punch by adding in some soda or sparkling water and some ice cubes.
Tips for Making a Pomegranate Mint Cooler
Ready to get started with the recipe? Keep these tips and tricks in mind to make sure you hit the recipe spot on!
- Make sure you use fresh mint leaves for this recipe. They'll not just impart a delicious taste, but will also lend the cooler that pop of color and make it look super fancy!
- Remember to use freshly squeezed lime juice for the recipe as opposed to the store-bought version.
- If you don't have fresh pomegranate seeds, you can use unsweetened pomegranate juice instead. Just remember that using fresh seeds is always a better idea since it can lend the drink an antioxidant punch, and will also make it more flavorful.
- Want to take this drink up a notch? Sneak in a handful of frozen blueberries or frozen strawberries into the mix.
- Grated ginger can also lift the taste of this drink. Add it in if you prefer an earthy undertone to your mocktails and punches.
- You can also choose to substitute the regular salt with some rock salt to add another flavor dimension to this drink.
- Another cool idea to make this pomegranate mint cooler even tangier and flavor-packed is to add in a pinch or two of black pepper powder.
- Don't fancy the spice factor that the pepper powder brings into the mix? You can use roasted cumin powder too. It adds a nice earthy character to the drink.
- You can also make the beverage tangier by adding in a cup of freshly squeezed or packaged orange juice, preferably with the pulp.
- Fancy some floral notes into this drink? Add in a teaspoon of rose syrup. It complements the flavors of the pomegranate and the mint nicely.
- Want to make the pomegranate mint cooler healthier? Substitute the sugar in the recipe with a natural sweetener like honey.
Serving Ideas & Suggestions
Planning to make this delicious and flavorful drink? Here are a few ideas and suggestions to help you pair it with the right recipes.
- While this drink tastes divine on its own, it tastes great when served with an Indian appetizer like spicy chicken 65 or with the all-time classic chicken biryani.
- The pomegranate mint cooler also tastes great when served with a complete Indian meal of an Indian curry like chicken kofta korma or palak paneer served with fresh homemade naan.
- You can serve this refreshing beverage by pouring it in clear glasses, and garnishing it with a sprig of mint leaves and a lemon slice wedged into the edge of the glass.
- Don't forget to sprinkle a bit of pepper powder or cumin powder right before you serve.
- Another cool trick to garnish the drink is to dip the edge of the serving glass in some lemon juice and then in a plate that has a mixture of salt and red chili powder or salt and sugar powder so that the edge of the glass gets that nice, fancy rim to it that you'd usually find in most restaurants and places that serve you those classy mocktails.
Indian Pomegranate Mint Cooler
- ¼ cup Pomegranate arils
- ¼ cup Fresh mint chopped
- 1 tbsp Lemon juice
- 3 pcs Ice cubes
- 1.5 cup Sparkling water
- 2 tsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Salt
- In a tall glass, combine the pomegranate arils, mint leaves, lemon juice, sugar, and salt together.
- Using a masher or spoon, mix this together mashing until the sugar is dissolved and the pomegranate arils are adding juice.
- Add a few ice cubes to the glass and top it with sparkling water or lemon-lime soda and give a gentle stir before serving.