Pomegranate Juice

Have you ever tried to juice a pomegranate? If you go online you will find all sorts of ways to juice and the most common is to do it in a blender. I don’t know about your but I don’t want lots of microscopic bitter seeds in my juice. Sure you can strain it and filter it but there’s got to be a better way, right?

Well after much looking around I think I found a meathod that keeps all the seeds out and just leaves you with the great tasting juice. Oh, and in my opinion it’s really simple.

Step 1: Seed the pomegranate. OK, yeah this is no fun but hey get some friends together and make it an event! In the end you can even make cocktails for all your hard work!

Step 2: Put all those seeds into a saucepan. I used a 4 quart sauce pan when I seeded 5 pomegranates. I also added a small amount of water. Maybe 5 fl ounces. I then put the pan over medium heat, occasionally stirring. You want to render as much of the juice out as you can but don’t over do it. I cooked it until it came to a simmer and then used a potato masher just to try to pop/mash them.

Step 3: Pour them into a fine mesh strainer. If you don’t have one you can also line a colander with either cheese cloth or a large coffee filter. Then just use a large rubber spatula and push, scrape, and mash… This sounds complicated but once you figure out what works best for you this step will only take a minute or two. Once strained I had about 16 fl ounce of juice.

Step 4: Let cool to room temperature and then store in the fridge. If you’re a cocktail lover like I am here’s a treat. It’s called Ripe and Ready (no this name I did not make up). Fill 2 glasses with ice. In a shaker add ice, 3 fl ounces Absolut Pear Vodka, juice of ½ a lemon, ½ fl ounce simple syrup. Shake well and strain between the tow glasses. Top off with the fresh pomegranate juice. Enjoy!

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