Portions: 6 glasses
Why I ❤️ it
I am always looking for new and great ways to cool down, and this pomegranate and watermelon mocktail recipe benefits from being a great combination of fruits that nearly everyone likes and makes a delightful summer beverage.
You'll also love to hear that this lovely drink is a quick and easy recipe, and I have included easy substitutions to make it even faster if you are short on time.
Watermelon mocktail recipe
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- 1 medium watermelon, diced: about 6 cups of diced watermelon, plus some watermelon wedges to garnish. You can use ½ quart of watermelon juice if you don't have fresh watermelon.
- 2 pomegranates, rind removed, and seeds separated: about 1½ cup of pomegranate seeds, you can also use 1 cup of pomegranate juice if you don't have fresh pomegranates.
- 1 cup of lime juice, you'll need 4-5 limes, depending on their size.
- ½ cup sugar (white, granulated), (or equivalent amount of sweetener of your choice).
- 3 cups of crushed ice.
- ½ quart [½ liter] of carbonated water.
Before starting, please make sure you have all the ingredients and utensils ready.
Pour watermelon and pomegranate into the blender vase. Blend to crush the pomegranate seeds.
Strain into a large pitcher, pressing with a spoon to squeeze as much liquid as possible. Discard the solids.
Mix the watermelon/pomegranate juice with the lime juice and add sugar (or sweetener) to taste.
Pour equal portions of the juice mixture into 6 highball glasses.
Add equal amounts of ice.
Pour equal amounts of carbonated water into each glass and serve immediately (before the water goes completely flat).
Garnish with the watermelon wedges.
It's OK that once you add the sparkling water it is less sweet than you originally intended. It's not supposed to be very sweet. Let the sparkling water, well, sparkle, but if you feel like it may need some extra sugar, go ahead and add more to taste.
Make this up to 4 hours ahead of your guests arriving, and keep chilled, but only add the carbonated water when it's time to serve so it doesn't get flat.
You can leave out the pomegranate juice if you are not a fan, and just add an equivalent amount of extra watermelon juice, and some extra lime juice if you find you need it (it'll depend on the level of acidity you prefer.
If you want to turn this from a watermelon mocktail to a cocktail (no judging), stir in ½ cup of vodka, tequila, or white rum (they all worked great), right before adding the ice and serving.
You can also garnish with lemon wedges, or add some pomegranate seeds to it for extra fanciness.
How do you say la sandía / el melón
"La sandía is" "the watermelon" in English, "el melón" is "the melon".
How many calories in watermelon?
This is the nutritional content of watermelon: Watermelon fruit contains around 90% water, 6% sugars, 100 grams contains 60 calories (source).
How to pick a watermelon
To pick a good watermelon check that the skin should is an even color, with a smooth texture; if you tap it it should sound a bit hollow, and there should not be any soft parts or indent if you pressure it.
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Watermelon limeade mocktail
- 6 cups diced watermelon
- ½ cups pomegranate seeds
- 1 cup lime juice
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup vodka (optional)
- 3 cups crushed ice
- ½ quart carbonated water [½ lt]
- Pour watermelon and pomegranate into the blender vase. Puree in the blender. Sieve to get rid of solids, pressing with a spoon to squeeze as much liquid as possible.
- Mix the watermelon/pomegranate juice with the lime juice and add sugar (or sweetener) to taste.
- Pour equal portions into 6 highball glasses. Add equal amounts of ice.
- Pour equal amounts of carbonated water into each glass and serve immediately (before water goes completely flat).
Originally published Sep 8, 2014