With only fifteen minutes left before guests were due to arrive, I realized - in horror - that though I had bottles and bottles and more bottles of alcohol for the dinner party, I had nothing to offer the designated drivers of the group. No sparkling water, no juice. Nothing. Nada. Zip. So, I whipped up a pitcher of pomegranate lemonade.
The secret to homemade lemonade is to make a simple syrup first. That way the sugar is dissolved and not grainy in your drink.
The ratio is 1: 1: 1. 1 C sugar, 1 C water, and 1 C freshly squeezed lemon juice for the base. I used raw sugar for this batch which resulted in a slightly darker syrup. Put the sugar and water into a saucepan and simmer over medium heat till the sugar is completely dissolved. Pour into a mixing pitcher. Add 1 C freshly squeezed lemon juice. Then add water to taste, usually another 5-6 C of water. Drop 2 T of pomegranate seeds into the pitcher. Let sit for at least 30 minutes before serving.