Cucumber Pomegranate Vodka Lemonade + Mocktail

Wine glass, stemless with pink vodka lemonade. Backlighting.

 

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Cucumber Pomegranate Vodka Lemonade. It’s fresh and cool cucumber, paired with the sweet pomegranate in a deliciously boozy lemonade. Everything a refreshing Summer cocktail may need. It’s still very much hot outside, and this drink is perfect for that.

 

I think that cucumber actually tastes a little like melon in this drink. Double Summer! And with this incredible dry Summer, the cucumber might even give you a humid, rainy sensation in the mouth. I say bring it on.

 

Three glasses with pink pomegranate lemonade, hand taking one of them.

 

If you’re more of the iced tea kind of person, I’ve got a killer Ginger Lemon Iced Tea, or could I tempt you with a blackberry martini or more of a classic whiskey sour? I mean, we shouldn’t limit ourselves to just one drink this Summer, I think Summer is a time for experimenting with fresh flavors, so I’m just spitballing my ideas here.

 

Hands holding pomegranate arils.

 

Lemonade is my go-to drink when it’s piping hot and my brain is not working. My brain hasn’t worked since, like April! I’m not used to this kind of weather. Summer in my town is usually filled with rain, rain and more rain and the occasional sunny day. This Summer has been the complete opposite. It’s strange. But seems like the entire Europe has dramatic problems with the heat this Summer.

 

 

Stemless wine glass with pomegranate vodka lemonade and lemon garnish, closeup.

 

But back to the vodka lemonade. I love sweet and sour drinks. Hence, I love sugar and lemon together. I wanted to add some booze because Summer is time for a boozy, fruity drink after all. I’ve also thought about adding cucumber to the drink because, well because it’s cool and fresh (everything the weather is not). And I had a pomegranate laying around.

 

And the Cucumber Pomegranate Vodka Lemonade was born.

 

Two glasses with pink lemonade, garnished with ice cubes and mint sprig.

Cucumber Pomegranate Vodka Lemonade

 

I was kind of sceptical of adding both cucumber juice and pomegranate juice into one mix. I thought the color would be a really mushy brown or something. But it actually turned out pretty good. At first the color looks a little mushy, but as you let it sit it gets this beautiful pink color.

 

And the flavors work really well together, who knew!

 

Pitcher of pink cucumber pomegranate vodka lemonade.

Three stemless wine glasses with cucumber pomegranate vodka lemonade and lemon slices.

How to Make Vodka Lemonade

 

Begin making the lemonade. Juice the lemons into a small pitcher, add in the sugar (2). Stir until it’s dissolved (3). You don’t need to make a simple syrup. You just need to stir a little more, but I think it’s worth it, so you don’t have to wait the forever it takes for the simple syrup to cool. But if you have it on hand, feel free to use it.

 

If you want you can also add fresh mint sprigs, and muddle it into the lemon and sugar. When the sugar is dissolved, stir in water and vodka (4).

 

To make it a mocktail (non-alcoholic), simply leave out the vodka. Delicious! Honestly, this drink is super tasty as a refreshing non-alcoholic option too.

 

instructions to make vodka lemonade.

How to Make Pomegranate Juice

 

I actually had to google if I could use my juicer for this. Apparently, it would just clog the filters and it may result in a bitter juice. So blending it in a blender would work better. Blend the arils, and once it’s smooth, run it through a sieve.

 

You should take a spatula or a spoon and help the mixture through the sieve. Whisk the mixture a bit and press the spatula into the pomegranate mush. Once you get a relatively dry pomegranate mush, discard it and you’re good to go.

 

Sieving pomegranate, pressing with a spatula.

 

Cucumber Juice

 

For this, I used my juicer. I actually really like the Philips Viva Collection Juicer. It works really well, and it’s easy to clean, and it’s cheap! I don’t need a super fancy one, just one to juice my cucumber and carrots (I am not sponsored for saying this, but I have added an affiliate link).

 

If you don’t have a juicer, you can use the same technique as with the pomegranate juice. I’d peel the cucumber if they are waxed, otherwise it may ruin the texture of the cucumber juice. Slice off the edges too.  Then blend and run through a sieve as with the pomegranate.

 

Add both juices into the vodka lemonade (7-8). Stir and serve!

 

Instructions to make cucumber and pomegranate juice.

 

Serve this delicious cucumber pomegranate vodka lemonade with ice and garnish with mint sprigs or lemon slices.

 

Cheers!

 

Pouring cucumber pomegranate vodka lemonade into a wine glass.

Glass with cucumber pomegranate vodka lemonade with ice cubes, lemon slice and mint sprig.

 

Vodka Lemonade is not your thing? Try these other porch worthy drinks:

 

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Let me know, either in the comment section below, or tag me @thegingerwithspice on Instagram. And don’t forget to Pin it for later!

 

Pitcher of cucumber pomegranate vodka lemonade, blue background. Pinterest pin.
Two stemless wineglasses with cucumber pomegranate vodka lemonade, garnished with ice cubes and mint sprigs. Pinterest pin.

 

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This post was originally posted on August 2nd 2018, but has been updated on May 29th 2019 for more instructions and better photos.

 

 

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5 from 9 votes

Cucumber Pomegranate Vodka Lemonade + Mocktail Version

Cucumber Pomegranate Vodka Lemonade. It's fresh and cool cucumber, paired with the sweet pomegranate in a deliciously boozy lemonade.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemonade, summer drink, vodka
Servings: 5 drinks
Calories: 134kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 lemons 1/2 cup or 125ml
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp sugar 80g
  • 3 cups water 750ml
  • 1/2 cup vodka + an extra splash 🙂 150ml
  • 1/2 cup cucumber juice more or less, add juice of 1/2 normal cucumber
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice or juice of one pomegranate
  • 1 mint sprig optional
  • Ice optional, for serving
  • garnish e.g. cucumber slices, pomegranate arils, mint sprigs

Instructions

  • Make lemonade: Begin making the lemonade. Juice the lemons into a small pitcher, add in the sugar. Stir until it's dissolved*. If you want you can also add fresh mint sprigs, and muddle it into either the lemon and sugar.
  • Stir in vodka: When the sugar is dissolved, stir in water and vodka. To make it a mocktail (non-alcoholic), simply leave out the vodka.
  • Make pomegranate juice: Blend the arils, and once it's smooth, run it through a sieve. You should take a spatula or a spoon and help the mixture through the sieve. Whisk the mixture a bit and press the spatula into the pomegranate mush. Once you get a relatively dry pomegranate mush, discard it.
  • Make cucumber juice: Juice the cucumber in a juicer. If you don't have a juicer, you can use the same technique as with the pomegranate juice**.
  • Mix it all: Add both juices into the vodka lemonade. Stir and serve! Serve with ice and garnish with mint sprigs, cucumber and/or pomegranate if you want.
  • Cheers!

Notes

* You don't need to make a simple syrup. You just need to stir a little more, but I think it's worth it, so you don't have to wait the forever it takes for the simple syrup to cool. But if you have it on hand, feel free to use it.
 
** I'd peel the cucumber if they are waxed, otherwise it may ruin the texture of the cucumber juice. Slice off the edges too.  Then blend and run through a sieve as with the pomegranate.
 
Did you make it? Tag @thegingerwithspice on Instagram, I'd love to see!
 
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 cup
Servings Per Container 5

Amount Per Serving
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 1.8
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.2g 1%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 20.6g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%
Sugars 19.9g
Protein 0.3g 1%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. If you have any specific dietary concerns, please consult with your healthcare practitioner.


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