Drink Recipe: Sparkling Pomegranate Citrus Punch

Ever had a taste of fresh pomegranate juice?

Do you know that Pomegranates are amongst the healthiest fruits in the world? Discovered way back in ancient Egypt but though believed to have originated from Iran, Pomegranates have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.  However, many are still oblivious of the affluence of nutritional benefits packed in this super red fruit.

The potent antioxidant Punicalagin found in the skin and juice of pomegranate contributes immensely to its wholesomeness. Several studies have shown that pomegranates have great anti-inflammatory properties (that fight against arthritis and other joint related infirmities) and are quite effective in lowering cholesterol, blood pressure and preventing heart diseases.

Pomegranates are also known to be potent in inhibiting reproduction of cancer cells and for some cancers, a total elimination. Rich in fibre, vitamins A, C, E and several more nutrients, the immune supporting effects of Pomegranate are huge.

Mentioned its potency as an aphrodisiac yet? Pomegranate juice is known to strongly boost libido and to some extent, fight impotence. Also referred to as the Chinese Apple, this ancient super fruit tremendously promotes hair growth and can do wonders for your skin.

Need to keep flu, ulcer, dental plaques, conjunctivitis, menstrual flashes, or even diarrhea at bay? You just got yourself a lot more reasons to include pomegranate in your regular diet. Incredible, right?

Almost similar in shape like oranges, the taste of pomegranates can sometimes appear tangy and fairly bitter. But oranges complement nicely to bring-out its strong flavour in a subtle way.

The fresh burst of oranges gives a distinct sweet-tartness that’s awesomely refreshing. A terrific mix of Pomegranate and Citrus oranges to give you the trendiest of flavours! And that’s what you get with Pomegranate Citrus Punch - an absolutely delightful blend!

This combination is amazingly versatile, and can be enjoyed as a smoothie, mocktail or punch. Having guests over and need something exceptional to jumpstart your gathering? Or thinking of giving yourself some fruity treat? This punch recipe just about sorts it all.

You’ll need:

  • 3 Oranges, peeled
  • 2 whole Pomegranates
  • 75cl, any sparkling wine of choice
  • 1 cup of water
  • Sliced oranges, unpeeled (garnish)

Serving: 8

Preparation:( Pomegranate Citrus Punch)

Getting the seeds out of Pomegranate can be a bit tricky but here’s a simple way to it. Cut pomegranate into half, then immerse into a bowl full of water and carefully dislodge seeds. As you do this, white membrane comes off to the top and your seeds settle into the bowl. Carefully pour out the water with the floating membrane pieces then take seeds out and pour into blender.

Add water and grind till pureed and then strain with a colander to bring out juice. Set aside.

Next, squeeze juice out of oranges. Pour both juices from oranges and pomegranate into a pitcher or punch bowl. Add in your sparkling wine, stir and serve into glasses over ice cubes. Garnish with sliced oranges or some pomegranate seeds. That’s it - you’ve got your juicy bubbly punch!

If looking for a quickie breakfast, simply put a little bit more substance into it by blending seeds, peeled oranges and a handful of greens – voila! You’ve a healthy smoothie meal right before you. Great, isn’t it?

Wondering if pomegranates can be found in Nigeria? Absolutely yes! Pomegranates are grown in the Northern part of our very own Naija. And can be found in popular fruit markets and definitely in the fresh fruit sections of superstores in Lagos and some other parts of Nigeria.