The Drink of 2012 has taken an amended version for the summer and we’re hooked. Back in January I had a divine nonalcoholic drink at Sitti that wasn’t sweet tea. I’ll rarely refer to a drink as a good nonalcoholic drink when it isn’t a version of sweet tea. The Sitti drink featured honey, lime juice, pomegranate juice, and ginger ale over a few ice cubes. It was a fresh surprise in the winter, and smooth.
I craved the same taste last weekend, but wanted something to combat the heat and serve as a possible beach drink in a few weeks. Ladies and gentlemen, this is it…the Johnson family drink of 2012. It’s refreshing and tart with just a hint of pomegranate sweet. Ginger ale adds an additional fizz and the sad excuse for pictures below (this was the first try and I didn’t include as much “slush”) don’t do it justice. Try to imagine it with more slush and without the reflection of my white shirt showing up in the middle.
1 can of frozen limeade
1 1/8 c. pomegranate juice
1 Tbsp. honey
two medium handfuls of ice
In a blender combine the frozen limeade (defrosted for 5-10 minutes), pomegranate juice, honey, and two medium handfuls of ice. Puree ingredients until they form a thick smoothie type consistency. Pour individual servings into a glass or entire amount into a pitcher. Add the same amount of ginger ale and lightly stir (ex. if filling half a glass, fill to the top with ginger ale). Enjoy!
Put any leftovers in the freezer for a few hours to create a slushy type drink/dessert. For use as a punch, freeze mixture in a pitcher for at least a day. On the day of the event, place the pitcher in the refrigerator and let thaw into a slushy mixture.
The Bibliography: Inspired by Sitti, adapted by SFD Test Kitchen