DIY Pomegranate-Mint Sodas

This is a perfect picnic activity for kids. Make the syrup at home and pack it in the coolor with a big bottle of seltzer, then let the little ones mix up their own drinks.
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DIY Pomegranate-Mint Sodas Recipe

Recipe by Mike Solomonov

Start to Finish: 1 hour

Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 1 1/3 cups chopped fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 4 lemons)

  • 1 cup pomegranate juice

  • About 2 liters seltzer

Preparation

1. In a large saucepan, bring the sugar, mint leaves, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, and 1 cup water to a simmer over low heat, stirring just until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Let steep for 1 hour. Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain the syrup into a qt.-size jar with a lid. Cover the syrup and refrigerate.

2. To make the sodas, fill 8 glasses with ice. Pour 2 oz. of syrup into each glass. Top with the seltzer. Garnish with the mint sprigs.