This sugar-free pomegranate juice recipe is specially formulated to cherish the natural goodness of pomegranate. We also add a touch of mint to offset the sweetness and add an extra refreshing note to the drink.
The inclusion of soda adds fizz to the mix, making it perfect for parties. For an even more refreshing drink, you can serve it over ice.
Is Pomegranate Juice Good for You?
Pomegranate is loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, and plant compounds. So it’s not an exaggeration to say that pomegranate and pomegranate juice is one of the healthiest foods that you can consume.
Here are some potential health benefits of pomegranate juice:
- Antioxidants: pomegranates have three times higher the amount of antioxidant activity than green tea and red wine. Punicalagins and punicic acid— the two most important antioxidants in pomegranate— help to remove free radicals, reduce cell damage, and prevent inflammation.
- Vitamins: the juice from one pomegranate can give you 29 grams of vitamin C, which is nearly 50% of the recommended daily intake. Pomegranate also contains vitamins K and E.
- Minerals: there are plenty of minerals like potassium, magnesium, and calcium that can be found in pomegranate too. They are essential for supporting and strengthening our immune system to combat viruses.
- Heart health: for those who care about heart health, pomegranate juice can be their best friend. A study has shown that drinking pomegranate juice can support the blood flow in the heart and thereby may reduce the risk of heart diseases.
Sweet, tangy, and full of health benefits, pomegranate juice is undoubtedly an ideal drink for everyone. But what is there a limit to how much you can have per day?
How Much Pomegranate Juice Should I Drink a Day?
Most fresh fruit juices contain naturally occuring sugars and can be consumed unsweetened. Such is the case with pomegranates.
If you are drinking natural pomegranate juice, a cup per day is a healthy choice, recommended by Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Let’s look at how to make some of that natural goodness.
How to Make Pomegranate Juice Without Sugar
Pomegranate juice can easily be extracted from the fresh fruit without using any expensive equipment. All you need is a clean piece of cheesecloth.
Juice pomegranate: Place a piece of cheesecloth over a medium bowl. Add a handful of pomegranate seeds in the middle of the cheesecloth. Fold it in half, gather the corners, and twist the cloth to wring out the juice. Continue with the remaining pomegranate seeds.
Pour the juice into a glass: Put ice in a glass. Then transfer the juice to the glass.
Add soda: Pour soda over and garnish with mint leaves.
Serve: Mix well and enjoy it
How Long Does Sugar-Free Pomegranate Juice Last?
Fresh pomegranate juice can last for about 2 days since it doesn’t contain any preservatives. However, if possible, you should have it within the first 2 hours to enjoy it at its best and most nutritious.
If you want to prolong the shelf life of the pomegranate juice, store it in a glass container and place it in the refrigerator.
Protip: fill the container as much as you can to limit the air exposure which can slow down the process of oxidation and help the juice stay fresh longer.
Can You Freeze Sugar-Free Pomegranate Juice?
Pomegranates can be expensive when they aren’t in season, so freezing the juice is a simple way to preserve this antioxidant-rich liquid for later usage.
Pour pomegranate juice into a freeze-safe container and don’t forget to leave an inch of space at the top of the container. This allows the juice to expand a bit during the freezing process.
Place the juice container in the freezer and store for 3-6 months.
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- 16 oz pomegranate seeds
- 1 cup club soda
- 1 tbsp mint leaves
- 1 cup ice
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- Place a piece of cheesecloth over a medium bowl. Add a handful of pomegranate seeds in the middle of the cheesecloth. Fold it in half and twist the cloth to wring out the juice. Continue with the remaining pomegranate seeds.
- Put ice in 4 glasses. Then transfer the juice to glasses.
- Pour soda over and garnish with mint leaves.
- Mix well and enjoy it.
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1. How to Choose The Best Pomegranate?
To find the perfect ripe pomegranate, the first thing you need to do is look for the right appearance. There is a popular belief that the best pomegranate is the one with the perfectly round shape, and unblemished skin with a deep red color.
However, from our experience, this isn’t always the case. Pomegranates with juicy ruby arils are often heavier and larger, and sometimes have some golden brown patches on the shell.
Don’t focus all of your attention on the color of the skin. This can vary from light red to dark red and reddish-brown but still have the best quality content.
2. What Is The Best Way to Store Whole Pomegranate?
Storing pomegranates is much the same as storing apples. They should be kept in a dry, cool place, and out of direct sunlight. This way the fruit can last a week at room temperature.
For longer storage, keep them in the fridge. The whole pomegranate can last up to 2 months without experiencing any major quality decline.If you are in the mood for more healthy pomegranate juice recipes, our pomegranate blueberry juice, and orange pomegranate juice are great options.