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Summertime Refreshment: Pomegranate Lemonade

Several summers ago, mid-July, my husband and I were in Las Vegas, walking around the strip in the blistering heat. We dipped into the Neiman Marcus restaurant (NM Café) for a light lunch and enjoyed a glass of their Pomegranate Lemonade. It was so perfectly sweet, sour, and refreshing all at the same time; I’ve been trying to reverse-engineer it ever since.

 

I’ve come pretty close and have even riffed-on it with some alternate flavors and syrups.

Here’s the basic recipe:

Pomegranate Lemonade

  • Pomegranate Syrup (Torani is good.)
  • Lemonade or Limeade
  • Sparkling Mineral Water (Gerolsteiner is my favorite; San Pellegrino is good, too.)
  • Ice
  • Optional: Sliced lemon, lime, fresh raspberries, strawberries, and/or mint

 It’s basically a third of each. For an 8 ounce glass:

  • 1/3 cup syrup
  • 1/3 cup lemonade/limeade
  • 1/3 cup Sparkling Mineral Water

Stir and serve over ice. You’ll want to adjust to taste- If it’s a bit too sour, add more syrup. If it’s too sweet, add more juice.

 This recipe can be changed-up in a variety of ways, with other flavors of syrups.

(Marionberry or Huckleberry are shown in the pictures, but there are many others to choose from. World Market has a nice selection.) For a sweeter alternative, instead of sparkling water, substitute lemon-lime soda. And of course, if you’re looking for an adult drink, a splash of vodka, rum, or tequila would do the trick.

Stay well and be safe.

Here’s to summer. 


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