Seltzer and lime give punch to this already delicious Paleo Pomegranate Mocktail, while mint and honey offer freshness and sweetness. Perfect for any occasion!
Paleo Pomegranate Mocktail
Hi Friends! As someone who has at times had to forgo alcoholic beverages, I know how frustrating it can be to watch those around you drinking. Someone, for example, has an absolutely ice-cold beer to the right of you and another with the neatest glass of bourbon to your left.
You sit with your seltzer and sigh with dissatisfaction, while simultaneously assuring those around you that you’re totally good drinking your flavorless bubbly water. I mean, in the scheme of things, this is surely a small matter– but in the moment, isn’t it the small things that irk us the most?
The solution, of course, is a fancy mocktail—one that looks the part but more importantly, also tastes it. It’s that bite from the alcohol that is so often missed in non-alcoholic beverages. I find tea to be similar—a decaf earl gray lacks a certain punch and bitterness and you always know you’re drinking an inferior beverage. So our aim here is to provide a punch of sweetened acidity that is backed up with bubbles for added kick.
How We Make It
You will be using a honey simple syrup here. It’s super easy to make, just a 1:1 ratio with water—heat, stir and there you have it. The mint is muddled with the honey syrup, add lime juice, your blended and strained fresh pomegranate, ice, then top it off with seltzer and pomegranate seeds. Give it a good stir and serve. I downed two back to back while testing and wished I had a third! Could not recommend them more, and so excited for you to try them!
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Happy Mocktail Making!
- 1 tumbler glass
- 5–6 mint leaves
- 4 tablespoons honey simple syrup (see instructions below)
- juice of 1 lime
- 1/3 cup fresh pomegranate juice (Pom is acceptable, but fresh is much better) You’ll need 2-3 fresh pomegranates for 2 mocktails.
- 1/4 cup seltzer water
- crushed ice
- mint leaves and pomegranate seeds for garnish
- Go ahead and make your honey simple syrup–it’s 1:1 with water. We make enough for 2 cocktails. Heat 4 tablespoons of water together with 4 tablespoons of honey, stirring until honey is fully liquified and blended. Let cool to room temp.
- While the syrup is cooling, go ahead and section your fresh pomegranates. We love this informative how-to video from Food & Wine.
- Then place the seeds in a blender and pulse until blended. Pour through a sieve/strainer into a bowl, pushing on the pulp to get all the juice through. Set aside for a moment.
- Get your crushed ice ready and place it into a bowl or cup, also set aside momentarily.
- Place mint leaves in your tumbler glass and add the simple syrup. Muddle the mint with a wooden spoon to release it’s flavor and fragrance into the syrup. Add lime juice.
- Pour 1/3 cup of pomegranate juice over the syrup and lime. Add crushed ice, seltzer and stir with spoon. Top with fresh mint or lime and pomegranate seeds. Serve and enjoy!
- Prep Time: 15 min
- Category: paleo
- Method: mixing
- Cuisine: beverage
Keywords: paleo, scd, specificcarbohydratediet, glutenfree, grainfree, vegan, mint, pomegranate, lime, seltzer, fizz, mojito, nonalcoholic, mocktail