Lemon Pomegranate Mocktail


Once January arrives, especially after the holidays, I'm usually craving some lighter food and drink options, and while I'm sure others feel that way too, I stand by my opinion that lighter options never have to be less delicious! In that category definitely falls cocktails, and while I love myself a tried and true sour mix margarita, this time of year especially I'm looking for the freshest option, including delicious mocktails!

Mocktails (do not equal symbol) boring!

I may have been part of the group who heard the word mocktail and assumed it would be boring and taste pretty much like a flavored soda water. Recently though, I've discovered just how incredibly delicious, refreshing, and satisfying a mocktail can be. Just like this lemon pomegranate mocktail.

Lemon zest simple syrup

What does a good mocktail start with?

A simple syrup! It's essential, and while you may think simple syrup sounds "unhealthy", rest assured, a homemade version isn't so bad at all! We'll start with a few easy ingredients-

  • zest of 1 lemon - grab your favorite microplane (I got mine from Amazon, and I'm obsessed!) and zest up a whole lemon
  • 1/4 cup water - essential for any simple syrup
  • 1/8 cup sugar - not as much sugar as a typical 1:1 ratio simple syrup, but definitely sweet enough!

Add the above to a microwavable glass bowl (or preferably a glass measuring cup if you have one) and microwave for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir to ensure all the sugar is dissolved. Place a strainer over a small bowl and strain the simple syrup, discarding the leftover lemon zest.

Pomegranate seeds and juice

So what about that pomegranate?

Once the simple syrup is all set, it's time to grab that pomegranate! Now if it's available you can also grab some pomegranate juice from the store, but I find that juicing a pomegranate creates the most delicious and fresh pomegranate juice out there! It's actually much easier than you'd think too. If this is your first time, there are some great videos online for cutting one up, but basically here's the gist of it!

You'll want to use a knife to cut off the top third of the pomegranate. Once you've done that, cut about 5-6 slits from the top cut part to the bottom, basically creating "petals" which you'll peel down to expose the seeds. Flip the opened pomegranate down on a plate, whack it with a spoon, and out should pop most of the seeds! It's pretty easy to use your hands to remove any that stuck.

Pomegranate mocktail

How do you juice the seeds?

Once you've removed the seeds from the pomegranate, juicing the seeds is actually so easy! Plus even though you might not think so, you can actually get a really good amount of juice from one pomegranate. It's as easy as-

  1. Placing the seeds in a medium bowl
  2. Filling the bowl with water so that any white parts float to the top
  3. Discarding the white bits
  4. Draining the remaining seeds into a medium bowl
  5. Using your hands to muddle the seeds until they are mostly juiced
  6. Pouring the seeds through a strainer over another bowl, and using a wooden spoon to push down on seeds until they are completely juiced

Pomegranate mocktail with lemon

Time to mix this mocktail up

Once you have the delicious, fresh, and super pretty colored pomegranate juice, it's as easy as putting it all together. In my opinion, nothing dresses up a mocktail like a pretty glass and nice shaped ice cubes. Like I said, there's no reason a mocktail has to be boring, and dressing it up the right way makes it extra fun!

To put each mocktail together you'll want to grab-

  • ice cubes - I recently bought some large square ones which I'm obsessed with!
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 1 ounce lemon zest simple syrup
  • 3 ounces seltzer - to add the perfect bubbly fizz!
  • mint - the prettiest garnish which adds a little flavor!

Add everything to a cocktail glass in that order, then repeat with the other one if you're making two! Between the homemade simple syrup and the fresh pomegranate juice, I'm not sure any mocktail could be any more refreshing than this one.

Pomegranate mocktails

After the holidays, healthy and refreshing drinks like this lemon pomegranate mocktail are the perfect pick-me-up when you're craving something delicious and lighter.

Recipe Details:

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 9 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Lemon Pomegranate Mocktail

This lemon pomegranate mocktail is the perfect combination of fresh pomegranate juice and homemade and light lemon zest simple syrup, topped with fizzy seltzer and a mint sprig.



  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 6 ounces seltzer
  • mint, fresh


  1. Start by making the lemon zest simple syrup. Add lemon zest, water, and sugar to a microwavable glass bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute then stir to ensure sugar is dissolved. Strain simple syrup into a small bowl and discard zest.
  2. Remove the seeds from a pomegranate (google has wonderful tutorials for easily cutting a pomegranate if needed!) and place them in a medium bowl. Add water and discard white bits that float to the top. Drain and add seeds to a medium bowl. Using your hands, break up seeds until they are muddled. Pour seeds through a strainer over another bowl, and using a wooden spoon, push down on seeds until they are completely juiced.
  3. Add ice cubes to 2 cocktail glasses. To each glass add 2 ounces pomegranate juice, 1 ounce simple syrup, and top with 3 ounces seltzer.
  4. Garnish with leftover pomegranate seeds and fresh mint.

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