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A close-up of champagne glasses with a sugary rim, filled with a red drink, garnished with mint leaves and served with cookies on the side.

Non-Alcoholic Pomegranate New Year's Drink

Mariska Ramondino
A beautiful and delicious non-alcoholic cocktail (mocktail) to ring in the New Year, serve at parties, or celebrate a special event. This drink is fun, refreshing, and healthy—perfect for when you are pregnant, have kids who want to join in on the toast, or simply want to avoid alcohol!
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Additional Time 5 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Smoothies, Juices and Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings

Ingredients
 

  • 4 - 5 large ripe pomegranates
  • 5 - 6 clementines
  • A handful of fresh mint leaves plus more to garnish
  • ½ orange cut crosswise (for wetting the lip of the glasses and for decoration)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar or enough to coat the rims of the glasses

Instructions

  • Make the pomegranate drink
  • Use a paring knife to cut out the pomegranate's crown (cut a circle while angling in_see pics above).
  • Then further peel the red part of the pomegranate's skin with the knife.
  • Place the fruit on a flat surface, crown up, and use your fingers to open it gently. If the fruit is very ripe, this should be easy to do; otherwise, use the tip of your knife to gently bore deeper into the white part of the crown until the fruit begins to crack.
  • Continue to open the sections with your fingers to expose the seeds. Break up the segments into smaller pieces and remove substantial large parts of the white pith.
  • Over a bowl, separate and pop out the seeds from large membranes by rolling your thumb gently over the arils. It helps when you bent open the segment. We are juicing the fruits, so don't be concerned with deseeding them completely. It is entirely okay to have small parts of the white membranes still present. Repeat for each pomegranate.
  • Then peel the clementines; set the peeled fruits aside.
  • Juice all the fruits and the mint leaves. Keep a couple of pomegranate seeds aside for decorations (about 12 to 18 seeds). See note about juicing.
  • With a slotted spoon, gently skim off the foam on top of the juice, leaving only a little to simulate the bubbles of real champagne; set aside.
  • Prep the glasses
  • Slice crosswise through the orange and cut out a thick round slice. Place the slice on a flat surface or cutting board. Place the coconut sugar on a small plate next to the slice of orange.
  • Take small champagne glasses (I count about ½ cup of juice per glass).
  • Turn each glass upside down, gently dip the top of each glass into the orange slice first, and then immediately into the sugar, coating each rim lightly.
  • Turn the glass back right-side up. Gently pour in about ½ cup of juice in each glass. Be careful with filling your glasses, and don't let the liquid splash the rim.
  • Cut the remaining orange into round slices and split the slices in three. Decorate each glass with ⅓ of the orange slice (see picture.) Drop 2 to three seeds of the reserved pomegranate seeds into each glass.
  • Alternatively, take extra fresh mint leaves with a scissor cut a tiny opening at the bottom of a leaf. Then rest the cut side on the rim of a glass. Repeat for the other glasses.
  • Serve immediately or chilled to ring in the New Year or make your ritual toast. Enjoy!

Notes

You can either use a juicer or a blender with a nut milk bag to squeeze out the juice or a strainer. In that case,

HERE IS WHAT TO DO:

  • Blend everything until you get a beautiful red juice smoothie;
  • Then pour the liquid through a strainer or nut milk bag into a large pitcher;
  • If you use a nut milk bag, squeeze out the juice until you only have a dry pulp left.
  • Discard the pulp;
  • Continue to make the drinks.
For a larger crowd or extra servings, double the ingredients and let chill in the fridge.

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Nutrition (% Daily value)

Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 145kcal (7%)Carbohydrates: 33g (11%)Protein: 3g (6%)Fat: 2g (3%)Saturated Fat: 0.2g (1%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 430mg (12%)Fiber: 7g (29%)Sugar: 25g (28%)Vitamin A: 18IUVitamin C: 41mg (50%)Calcium: 31mg (3%)Iron: 0.5mg (3%)

Disclaimer: This nutritional data is calculated using third party tools and is only intended as a reference.

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