A couple of weeks ago, I arrived home from college to have a case full of POM Wonderful waiting for me in the fridge. The nice folks over at POM sent me some free samples of their 100% pomegranate juice to try.
I’ve always heard good things about pomegranate juice because of its notable antioxidant powers (protecting human cells from free radicals, which can lead to cancer). In fact, POM proves to have more antioxidants than red wine, grape juice, blueberry and cranberry juice, and green tea. POM has conducted numerous other studies on the health benefits of pomegranate juice, showing significant results ranging in patients with prostate cancer to heart disease. To read more about POM’s health benefits and the studies they have conducted, click here.
What excited me most about POM though was the taste. I had never previously had straight-up pomegranate juice and was curious to see whether it would be on the sour or sweet side. I find the actual pomegranate seeds to be rather tart. With POM containing no added sugar, I was surprised to find it definitely erred on the sweet side.
POM reminded me of an intensely-flavored version of red grape juice, encompassing that same sweet taste of the average glass of grape juice, but also containing slightly tart undertones. I found my first taste of POM to be pleasantly delicious.
I definitely think POM pomegranate juice would make a great ingredient for a summer cocktail. For a nice and refreshing non-alcoholic drink, mix one part pomegranate juice with one part seltzer water/sparkling water. The pungent flavor of the POM is able to hold its own even with the slight watering down that comes from the carbonated water, which in turn actually helps to lighten up the juice. It also mixes pretty well with most white wines.
Stay tune for tomorrow when I’ll be featuring a my-style recipe —nice, easy, and delicious— that utilizes pomegranate juice.