This pomegranate ginger mocktail is an elegant non-alcoholic drink perfect for summer parties or holiday celebrations. Fruity, with a hint of spice, it's very easy to make and so delicious!
Fruity mocktails have become quite the favourite in my home during the summer months, with my easy peach mocktail and sparkling blueberry mocktail on repeat for family gatherings. Come the season, I think you may like to see my blackberry mocktail too!
This pomegranate juice mocktail is very simple and works equally well for summer and the colder months. Quick and easy to make, it has a decadent feel with sweet juice mixed with a touch of elderflower cordial. No cook time, so perfect for an impromptu get-together with friends!
Why this recipe is so good
Balance of fruit and spice. The mix of pomegranate and ginger gives both sweet and a hint of zingy spice that is so delicious.
Quick and easy. No cook time, just a bit of muddling and you're good!
Versatile. Adjust the amount of spice or juice to taste preference for more sweetness or spice.
All the ingredients and their quantities are set out in the recipe card below.
- Pomegranate juice - I use the POM pomegranate juice as it is 100% pomegranate. If using other brands check the ingredients are suitable for you.
- Sparkling water - I suggest using a plain water rather than one that is already flavoured or has a strong mineral taste.
- Ginger root - definitely fresh ginger not dried!
- Elderflower cordial - this is optional, but it gives a nice floral flavour.
Swaps and variations
Leave out the elderflower cordial. Personally I love the hint of floral and citrus that it gives, but if you prefer all pomegranate then that's delicious too!
Add a splash of ginger beer. If it works for you, then a splash will give even more of a spicy ginger flavour.
Grater - to grate the ginger root.
Pitcher or mixing glass - to muddle the mocktail ingredients in.
Muddler or wooden spoon - to help release the juice of the ginger so it combines with the pomegranate juice and elderflower cordial.
Strainer - to strain the juice over your glass. Alternatively, use a fine mesh sieve over a bowl or jug.
Step by step instructions
A very simple mocktail recipe, there are just a few steps:
Peel the ginger root, then grate so you have about a teaspoon (image 1).
In a mixing glass or pitcher, muddle the pomegranate juice and elderflower cordial with the grated ginger (image 2). To do, this press and bash a little(!) the ginger with a muddler or a wooden spoon to release the juices.
Strain the pomegranate juice mixture through a strainer into your glasses, dividing equally between them (image 3). Top with chilled sparkling water, give it a gentle stir and serve immediately.
Recipe tips and notes
- Change up the glass. If you wish to add ice, then it is better to use tall highball glasses rather than coupe glasses (as in the pictures).
- Serve cold. So much more refreshing, so keep the juice and sparkling water on the cooler side.
- Adjust the amount of juice to taste. If you prefer a sweeter mocktail add a touch more, and for a spicier pomegranate ginger mocktail add more grated ginger when muddling.
Frequently asked questions
To use fresh pomegranate arils to make a mocktail you can blend the arils to release the juices, then strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove the hard seed.
Yes, if you like mint you can muddle this along with the pomegranate juice and ginger.
A wooden spoon is a good substitute for a muddler.
More mocktails to enjoy
If you love fun non-alcoholic drinks, then see many more ideas on my mocktails page including my lychee mocktail which is perfect for summer, and my fall favourite of blackberry honey mocktail. Some recent recipes:
Pomegranate ginger mocktail
- Pitcher or mixing glass
- ½ cup pomegranate juice
- teaspoon ginger root grated, more to preference
- 1 teaspoon elderflower cordial optional
- sparkling water
- Peel and grate the ginger.
- Pour the pomegranate juice and elderflower cordial into a pitcher or mixing glass, and spoon in the grated ginger. Muddle the mixture by pressing on the ginger and releasing the juices to combine with the pomegranate.
- Place a strainer over your glass and pour in the pomegranate juice mixture (divide evenly between your glasses). Top with sparkling water and serve immediately.
- Use chilled pomegranate juice for a lighter and more refreshing mocktail.
- Sparkling water or club soda both work well.
- If you wish to add ice for a longer drink, then you may prefer to use a highball glass rather than a coupe glass.
- If you don't have a small strainer, place a fine mesh sieve over a bowl or jug and strain that way.
- sparkling water is not rated.
- ginger, which scores 1. There is a note, 'small amounts are well tolerated'.
- elderflower cordial scores 0 but check for additional ingredients in the brand used.