Persephone’s Secret:  Pomegranate, Pear and Raspberry Crush

According to Greek mythology, Persephone’s fondness for pomegranates resulted in her being sentenced to spend six months of each year in the underworld with Hades.  After a sip of this Pomegranate, Pear and Raspberry Crush – you’ll understand why she couldn’t resist the temptation.

An excellent pairing for a weekend brunch, but equally well-suited for a pre-dinner drink – you won’t need an excuse to mix up a batch of this bright and fruity mocktail.  Naturally sweet, it is also a guilt-free pleasure packed with nutrients and antioxidants.

Vibrant in color and flavor, this is the perfect drink to welcome the arrival of Spring – and Persephone’s return to the world of mortals.  So – let’s raise a glass!

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. (60 ml) pear juice
  • 2 oz. (60 ml) fresh pomegranate juice – from 4 oz. (115 g) pomegranate seeds
  • ¼ oz. (7.5 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 raspberries + 2 more to garnish
  • 6 mint leaves + sprig to garnish
  • 1 oz. (30 ml) soda water or sparkling water

Equipment

  • Immersion hand blender
  • Fine-mesh sieve
  • Small bowl
  • Citrus juicer
  • Muddler
  • Cocktail spoon
  • Highball glass

Instructions

  1. First start with the pomegranate juice.
  2. Use an immersion hand blender to liquidize the pomegranate seeds.
  3. Over a bowl, pour the blended mixture through a fine-mesh sieve using a spoon to press the maximum amount of juice through.  Discard the solids.
  4. Next, assemble the mocktail.
  5. In a highball glass, add the mint, raspberries and lemon juice.
  6. Use a muddler to crush the ingredients until the raspberries turn into a pulp.
  7. Add the pear juice and pomegranate juice, then fill the glass to the brim with ice.
  8. Top with soda water and use a cocktail spoon to gently mix the ingredients together.
  9. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and 2 raspberries.

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Pomegranate, Pear and Raspberry Crush FAQ

Can I use store bought pomegranate juice for this recipe?
Yes, you can use store bought pomegranate juice for this recipe.  For the freshest flavor, check that the juice doesn’t include any sugar or additives. 

Can I make this mocktail in advance?
You can prepare the pomegranate juice in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days.  It’s best to wait until you’re ready to serve to assemble the rest of the mocktail.  For the best flavor, you’ll want to muddle the mint when it’s fresh and add the soda water at the last minute to maximize the fizz.

How long does it take to make this mocktail?
If you make the pomegranate juice from scratch, it should take about 10-15 minutes to make this pomegranate, pear and raspberry crush.  If you make the pomegranate juice in advance, it should take less than 5 minutes to assemble this mocktail.

Can I make this mocktail without a muddler?
Yes, instead of a muddler, you can use a fork or spoon to crush the raspberries and mint leaves.

Can I use frozen raspberries instead of fresh ones?
Yes, you can use frozen raspberries instead of fresh ones.  Make sure that you defrost them first, and use your judgment on whether they have held together enough to use as a garnish.

Can I make this mocktail without soda water?
Yes, you can substitute the soda water with normal water if you prefer a less carbonated drink.  Alternatively, you could use lemon soda or ginger ale for a slight variation on the mocktail.

Can I make this mocktail without the pear juice?
Yes, you can make this mocktail without pear juice, but the drink will taste different.  You’ll need to replace the 2 oz. (60 ml) of juice: either double the amount of pomegranate juice, or substitute with another juice like apple or peach.

Can I use a regular blender instead of an immersion hand blender?
Yes, you can use any type of blender to liquidize the pomegranate seeds.  I like to use an immersion hand blender because it’s easy to assemble and clean, but any blender will do the trick.

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