Pomegranate liqueur is a drink that can add a rich, sweet flavor to a cocktail. Pomegranate liqueur goes well with alcoholic beverages, which are based on dry wine or champagne.
In its pure form, the product has a pronounced fruity aroma. The color of the drink is deep, ruby. The taste is described in reviews as sweet, but with a tart aftertaste and slight sourness. The strength of the pomegranate liqueur varies from 15 to 25%.
Useful properties of homemade pomegranate liqueur
The benefits of pomegranate liqueur are due to the rich vitamin composition of the main component - the juice obtained from pomegranate seeds. Regular moderate consumption of the drink has the following effects on the body:
- increases the level of hemoglobin;
- strengthens the immune system;
- stabilizes the thyroid gland;
- normalizes blood pressure;
- stimulates the formation of blood cells;
- strengthens the walls of blood vessels and thereby reduces the risk of developing diseases of the heart and blood vessels;
- prevents the development of tumor formations;
- improves the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract;
- normalizes metabolism;
- alleviates the symptoms of toxicosis in pregnant women;
As a preventive measure, the drink is drunk against the development of breast cancer and ovarian dysfunction. In addition, it is recommended for use in case of vitamin deficiency, viral infections and the presence of problems with excess weight.
Separately, it should be noted that pomegranate liqueur has a high content of phytoncides. This means that taking even a small amount inhibits the development of foreign microflora:
- cholera vibrio;
- tubercle bacillus, etc.
Important! Pomegranate liqueur, infused with moonshine, vodka or alcohol, fully preserves the beneficial qualities of the fruit.
Homemade pomegranate liqueur recipes
Cooking pomegranate liqueur according to different recipes, one way or another, has a similar structure, details and flavorings differ. In addition, in all cases, the rule applies - the pomegranate used to collect grains and then squeeze juice from them must be ripe. The following little tricks will help determine the quality of the fruit:
- The rich burgundy color of the fruit is far from an indicator of the ripeness of the pomegranate. Ripe fruit is colored brown or light yellow.
- The peel of a ripe pomegranate is thin and slightly dry to the touch. A thick, juicy skin is the first sign that the fruit is not yet ripe.
- If you press your thumb on the surface of a ripe pomegranate, you can hear a faint crunch of grains. The lack of sound indicates the immaturity of the fetus.
- The top of the pomegranate, which is also sometimes called the "crown", must be opened and dried.
The quality of the alcohol is also of great importance. It is not recommended to use untested moonshine for preparing a drink - vodka, alcohol or brandy, cognac are much more suitable for these purposes. Moonshine gives a characteristic taste and smell of cheap alcohol, which will then be difficult to remove.
Advice! Serve pomegranate liqueur for dessert and drink at the same time in small portions.
Pomegranate liqueur with vodka
- 4 large grenades;
- 750 ml of vodka;
- zest of 1 lemon;
- 1-2 sticks of cinnamon.
- The pomegranate is peeled and removed from the white mass of the grain.
- Juice is squeezed out of the peeled grains. In this case, it is important not to crush the bones so that the drink does not taste bitter. This can be avoided by rubbing the grains with a spoon, after pouring them into a sieve. Another method is that the grains are poured into a plastic bag and rolled out with a rolling pin.
- After that, the juice together with the seeds is poured into a glass jar, lemon zest and cinnamon are added, poured with vodka, stirred thoroughly and tightly closed with a lid.
- This mixture is removed to a dry, dark place. The jar is kept cool for 3-4 weeks, shaking it from time to time.
- After this period, the drink is filtered through 4-5 layers of gauze.
Important! In no case should liquor be insisted in a plastic container. This limitation is explained by the fact that the interaction of the acids of pomegranate juice, alcohol and plastic provokes the release of toxic compounds into the liquid.
In this form, the finished product is bottled and put away for storage, however, if desired, the drink is softened. For this, 350 g of sugar is poured into 180 ml of water and the syrup is boiled from the resulting mixture. A small amount of syrup is added to the drink, which reduces its strength and at the same time gives a sweet taste.
Pomegranate liquor with alcohol
- 300 g of peeled pomegranate seeds;
- 3 liters of pure alcohol (95%);
- 3 liters of mineral water;
- 220 g granulated sugar.
- Pomegranate seeds are poured into a glass jar, poured into 1 liter of alcohol and tightly closed with a lid. In this form, pomegranate seeds are infused for 7 days at room temperature.
- Mineral water is heated in a saucepan. It is brought to a boil, after which sugar is added. The mixture is boiled for some time, and it is important to stir it from time to time.
- As soon as the sugar crystals dissolve, the resulting syrup is removed from the stove. You need to wait for it to cool down. Then the syrup is diluted with pomegranate tincture, the solution is poured with the remains of alcohol.
- The resulting mixture is thoroughly stirred, filtered and filtered through cheesecloth.
- Bottled and kept in a dry, dark place for another 7 days. At the same time, the container must be tightly closed. After this period, the drink is ready to drink.
Important! Despite the fact that alcohol is part of the pomegranate liqueur according to this recipe, it will turn out to be quite soft - mineral water lowers the strength of the drink.
Pomegranate liqueur on cognac
- 500 ml of pomegranate juice;
- 500 g sugar;
- 250 ml of brandy;
- zest of 1 lemon.
- The grains are extracted from the pomegranate and ground to obtain juice.
- Freshly squeezed pomegranate juice is mixed with sugar in a saucepan and simmered until a viscous liquid forms.
- Pomegranate syrup is mixed with lemon zest and cognac, mixed thoroughly and the mixture is poured into a glass bottle. It is tightly closed and placed in a cool dry place for 8-10 days. From time to time, the bottle is shaken.
- The resulting drink is filtered through cheesecloth and poured again into a storage container.
Advice! To give the liquor a citrus aroma without bitterness, the zest is removed very carefully - only the yellow part of the peel is cut off. Do not touch the white layer immediately below it.
Cinnamon Pomegranate Juice Liqueur
- 500 ml of alcohol (90%);
- 250 ml of pomegranate juice;
- 150 g icing sugar;
- ½ tsp cinnamon.
- Juice is squeezed out of peeled pomegranates for liqueur.
- Freshly squeezed juice is mixed with alcohol, powder and cinnamon. Everything is thoroughly mixed and poured into a bottle.
- The container is tightly closed and the liquor is removed to infuse in a dark, dry place for 1-2 months. After that, the finished drink is decanted and poured into a container for storage.
Advice! To prevent the liqueur from becoming bitter, the white pulp of the pomegranate is removed.
Lemon-flavored pomegranate liqueur
- 3 large grenades;
- 250 g sugar;
- 500 liters of vodka;
- zest of 1 lemon.
- Grains are removed from the fruit, poured into a jar and sprinkled with lemon zest.
- After that, rub the contents of the jar with a wooden pestle or other blunt object.
- The resulting mass is poured with vodka, the jar is tightly closed and removed to a dark cool place for 5-7 days.
- After this period, the liquid is decanted through cheesecloth folded in 3-4 layers. The drink is poured into a separate container. 1 tbsp. from the resulting volume, poured into a saucepan and sprinkle with sugar.
- The mixture is boiled over low heat until pomegranate syrup is formed. As soon as all the sugar crystals dissolve, the liquid is removed from the stove and cooled.
- The cooled syrup is mixed with liqueur, after which the drink is infused for another 7 days.
- The present liquor is filtered again through cheesecloth and poured into a container for storage.
- 1.5 tbsp. pomegranate seeds;
- 1 tbsp. vodka;
- 1 tbsp. granulated sugar;
- 1 cinnamon stick;
- 2-3 carnation buds.
- All ingredients must be mixed and the resulting mixture is drained into a saucepan.
- The base for the liquor is boiled until the boil, after which the heat is reduced and the drink is kept on the stove for another 3 minutes.
- After this time, the liquid is removed from the stove and infused for 30 minutes. Then cover the pan with a lid and leave for a day at room temperature.
- After that, the liquor is decanted through cheesecloth and poured into a bottle for storage. It is recommended to keep the drink for another 5-7 days before drinking.
To give the liquor strength, the ingredients are poured at the very beginning only 1/3 tbsp. vodka. The remainder is added to the liquid removed from the heat.
The benefits of pomegranate liqueur are obvious, if you do not abuse it, however, this drink also has a number of contraindications:
- individual intolerance to pomegranate or other component that is part of the liqueur;
- intestinal atony;
- stomach ulcer;
- chronic constipation;
- duodenal ulcer;
- violation of the integrity of the tooth enamel;
- urolithiasis disease;
In addition, pomegranate liqueur is contraindicated in children under 2 years of age.
Terms and conditions of storage
Homemade pomegranate liqueur retains its taste and useful properties for 3-5 months. In this case, you must follow a number of rules:
- The drink is stored in a cool dry place.
- Too low temperatures will also not do the pomegranate liquor good - it cannot be stored in the refrigerator, especially in the freezer.
- The container in which the liquor is stored must be tightly closed.
- The drink is removed in a dark place - if you place it in direct sunlight, the liquor forms a sediment, which is the first sign of product spoilage. It will not be possible to restore it - the liqueur irrevocably loses its taste and useful properties.
Important! Optimum storage temperature for pomegranate liqueur: + 12-20 ° C. At home, a kitchen cabinet or pantry is suitable for these purposes. You cannot put the drink in the refrigerator.
Pomegranate liqueur is used both in pure form and as part of cocktails. For example, 1-2 tablespoons of liqueur are added to champagne, tonic or fruit juice - in combination with these drinks, it acquires completely different notes, while fully preserving the beneficial qualities.