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Angela Clutton

A refreshing pomegranate-based drink 

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15 mins (plus cooling)




Makes approx 275ml




  • 3 pomegranates
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vodka (optional)
  • A few drops of rose water


To release the juicy pomegranate arils (both the seeds and red pulp), cut around each pomegranate’s equator. Give each half a squeeze over a large bowl. You will hear the crack of the arils loosening. Firmly hit the back of the pomegranate halves with a wooden spoon to knock the arils into the bowl. Some might need a helping tease to come out. Remove any bits of membrane.

Whizz the pomegranate seeds and pulp in a blender until smooth. Strain through a sieve – you should have approx 250ml juice. Transfer to a pan. Add the sugar and a quarter of a tsp fine salt, then gently heat for a few mins – just until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Leave to cool, then add the vodka (if using) and a few drops of rosewater. Keep in a sterilised, airtight bottle in the fridge. 

Image: Orlando Gili

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