Virgin Pomegranate-Lime Rickey Recipe

Virgin Pomegranate-Lime Rickey
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: | Active Time: | Makes: 5 1/4 cups

A classic summer cooler, a lime rickey can be mixed up with gin or bourbon or, for a virgin rickey (like this one), with fruit syrup. Either rendition is equally bubbly, limey, and thirst-quenching.

This recipe was featured as part of our Nonalcoholic Summer Sippers.

INGREDIENTS
  • 2/3 cup pomegranate juice (no sugar added)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 to 3 drops orange-flower water (optional)
  • 4 cups club soda, chilled
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 2 medium limes)
  • Lime slices, for garnish
  • Ice
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat the pomegranate juice in a small saucepan over medium heat until steam rises from the surface and a few bubbles have formed around the perimeter of the pan, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Add the sugar and stir until it has dissolved and the mixture is no longer cloudy, about 5 minutes. Stir in the orange-flower water (if using) and let the syrup cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
  3. Pour the chilled pomegranate syrup, club soda, and lime juice into a 6-cup pitcher and stir gently to combine (stirring too vigorously will deflate the fizz). Float lime slices in the pitcher. Serve over ice with additional lime slices.