Pomegranate Sparkler

A little pomegranate juice mixed with bubbly water makes a tasty, refreshing drink that you can feel great about serving to your friends and family. If you like mint, you can use a spoon to lightly mash three or four fresh mint leaves in the bottom of the glass before adding the other ingredients. Mash the mint just until you can smell it, not until it turns dark and mushy. 

By Adam Ried 

Hands-on time:
5 minutes
Total time:
5 minutes

Kitchen Gear

Sharp knife (adult needed)
Cutting board
Measuring spoons
Measuring cup
Drinking glass
Spoon, for stirring 


1 lemon, well washed
1⁄3 cup pomegranate juice (without sugar)
1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2⁄3 cup cold seltzer water
  ice cubes (if you like)


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. Cut thin slices or wedges from the lemon (1 wedge for each drink you’re making).
  2. In a drinking glass, gently stir together the pomegranate juice, vanilla extract, and bubbly water (be careful because it can foam up and overflow the glass). Add some ice cubes, squeeze the lemon slice into the drink, then plunk it in, stir the mixture gently, and drink up!

No pomegranate juice? No problem! Try substituting pure grape juice or apple cider.