Homemade lemonade for summer

Homemade Pomegranate Lemonade

August 23, 2019 by Michelle

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Homemade lemonade is like drinking summer. Homemade pomegranate lemonade? Even better! Some links in this post are affiliate links that earn me a commission if you purchase through them.

Perfect homemade pomegranate lemonade

Today, the weather is perfect. It’s sunny and mid 70s, and the humidity is low. All I want to do is sit on my porch with a good book and a glass of lemonade.

I don’t want just any lemonade, however. I want homemade lemonade squeezed from fresh lemons and with my own simple syrup.

Looking for more great summer drink ideas? Check out my favorites at the end of this article.

I love having fun with my lemonade, which explains why I love my berry lemonade. Sometimes I create it with strawberries, sometimes with blueberries.

My hands down favorite, however, is homemade pomegranate lemonade.

Pomegranate lemonade on the porch

I love to use fresh pomegranate, but pomegranate season doesn’t typically coincide with lemonade season, so I typically use pomegranate juice in its place.

Had I seen quality pomegranates in the store, whether whole or even the airls, I would have used those instead. Can you imagine the fun of using frozen arils to keep your summer drink cold?

Instead, I used my fruit ices. I hate using ice cubes in drinks because they inevitably water them down. Instead, I use frozen fruit when I can or my reusable ice cubes shaped like fruit! They’re super fun and work great.

Glass of homemade lemonade

How to Make Homemade Pomegranate Lemonade

Make your simple syrup

Simple syrup is the base for your lemonade – and many other beverages you may choose to enjoy. The good news? You can make this in advance and keep it in your fridge for up to a year – no joke!

If you want to make this, you do need to plan in advance, however. You can’t simply (pun intended) make the simple syrup and immediately make your lemonade. It needs to cool thoroughly first, so give it a couple hours.

In a heavy saucepan, add your water and sugar. When you start, the sugar will sit in the bottom of your pan, but don’t worry.

Turn your heat to medium high, and bring the mixture to a boil. This will let you supersaturate the sugar into the water. As it heats up, the air between the water molecules expands, so more sugar can dissolve. When it cools, it stays suspended in the liquid.

Once the sugar water boils, keep it at a boil for one to two minutes, stirring with a spatula periodically, then turn off the heat. Let the simple syrup cool to room temperature.

If you don’t plan to use it right away, place it in a mason jar and store it in the fridge. You can make extra simple syrup to use for more homemade lemonade or other drinks later.

Make the lemonade

Again, I prefer to use juice squeezed from lemons, but I don’t always have lemons on hand. If you only have lemon juice, that’s ok, but try to get a quality lemon juice and not the one that comes in a little plastic lemon in the produce section.

You want a total of 3/4 cup of lemon juice, which will take four to six lemons. That said, you can maximize the amount of juice you get from your lemons.

Roll your lemons on the counter, pressing on them with your palm as you roll. This helps to break down the lemon a bit and releases more juice.

You can also pop your lemon into the microwave for 10-15 seconds to burst some of the interior membranes. This helps ensure you get the most juice from your lemon.

Obviously, use the freshest lemon you can. The longer lemons sit, the more they dry up.

Cut your lemon in half, then use a lemon squeezer to juice your lemon into your liquid measuring cup.

Add your cooled simple syrup, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, and water to a pitcher and stir together. Taste, and adjust the flavors if needed. I like mine a little tart to really help me cool off and enjoy a summer day.

Store any extras tightly sealed in your fridge for up to a week.

Have you ever had pomegranate lemonade? What’s your favorite flavor?

More great summer drink ideas:

Homemade Pomegranate Lemonade

Homemade Pomegranate Lemonade

Yield: 1/2 gallon
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cool Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Enjoy a perfect summer drink with this homemade pomegranate lemonade. It's easy to make and tastes like you're drinking a summer day!

Ingredients

For the simple syrup:

  • 1 c water
  • 3/4 c sugar

For the lemonade

  • 3/4 c lemon juice
  • 1 c pomegranate juice
  • 5 c water

Instructions

  1. Add water and sugar to heavy saucepan and turn to medium high.
  2. Bring to a boil, and keep it at a boil for one to two minutes, stirring with a spatula periodically.
  3. Turn off heat and let cool to room temperature.
  4. Cut your lemon in half, then use a lemon squeezer to juice.
  5. Add cooled simple syrup, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, and water to a pitcher and stir. Taste, and adjust the flavors if needed.
  6. Store any extras tightly sealed in your fridge for up to a week.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 94 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 16mg Carbohydrates: 24g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 23g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
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