Pomegranate-Cranberry Cocktail (sans alcohol)

After our very successful bake sale ( see post here ), I have been asked by many to post this drink on the blog.  This is my go to non-alcoholic beverage when entertaining for brunch and in the summer months, it hangs out in the fridge.

This is so refreshing and so light, that after the first drink you end up craving it.  One always has milk, orange juice, apple juice, and lemonade on the beverage shelf.  Why not this drink?  Most times I make this drink “virgin” yet I have been known to spruce it up with a little kettle one vodka or throw the whole concoction into a margarita!

This drink is good to go all year long!

I like to keep the mixture in the fridge.  when I feel like a little something sweet, I pour about 2/3 of the mixture into a tall glass and then fill the other 1/3 with the pelligrino.  Add some ice, a lime wedge and a sprig of mint.


Pomegranate-Cranberry Cocktail


1 1/2 cups simple syrup
1 1/4 cups “just” pomegranate juice (unsweetened)
1 cup “just” cranberry juice (unsweetened)
2 Tbls. fresh lime juice
1 25.3 oz bottle of pelligrino

1 lime, sliced
1 bunch of mint
ice cubes


to make the simple syrup, put 1 1/2 cup of sugar and the 1 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan.  bring mixture to a boil over medium heat.  once you start to see the bubbles, turn the heat down and simmer for about 10 minutes, making sure all the sugar is dissolved.  set aside and let cool.

• combine the pomegranate juice, the cranberry juice and the simple syrup in a large, glass pitcher.  let this sit for a few hours or overnight in the fridge.
• if serving a crowd, add the whole bottle of pelligrino to the juice mixture along with some ice cubes.  add the sliced lime and mint.  let people help themselves

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  • Kim

    Wow! This drink looks and sounds great! I think it’s the perfect summer drink, think I’m gonna try it today!

  • Jess--Sugar High

    Sounds very refreshing :)Jessasugarhigh.blogspot.com

  • Katie@Cozydelicious

    Yum! SO refreshing. I love the cute jars and old fashioned straws! Adorable!

  • Lisa!

    Thanks for posting this- it was so delicious at the bake sale. I’m totally stealing this recipe.

  • Carolyn

    Blogger wouldn’t let me email you so I thought I would just leave this as a comment. I don’t use a program to calculate my carbs/fiber etc. I just do it (very labouriously) by hand, by calculating all of the carbs of my ingredients. But a lot of the people on my diabetes forums use Calorie King. I don’t know if it’s a free service or not, but that’s the one most people rely on.I hope that helps. And good luck to your friend’s daughter. There are a lot of amazing low carb recipes out there!

  • 50mm

    best juice cocktail i ever had!!!

  • Kat

    Perfect summer drink. So delicious. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.

  • Kimberley Hasselbrink

    Yum, yum, yum! Sounds incredibly refreshing.

  • Sophia

    Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living’s Summertime Sipper Contest! It looks delicious!

  • Reply

    I really want to try this! ^.^-French Bean

  • Sarah Maizes

    A splash of vodka and YUM! Love it!Sarahwww.MommyLiteOnline.com

  • Nicole Franzen

    Pretty pics 🙂 I think you will like my blog too nicolefranzen.blogspot.com

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