Pomegranate and rose lemonade

This naturally neon lemonade is sweet, sharp and refreshingly fragrant. The cordial base will keep in the fridge for up to one week.

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus cooling
  • Cooking time: 5 minutes

Serves: 12 (makes about 750ml syrup)


150g caster sugar

200ml pomegranate juice

5 lemons, juice (you will need 200ml) and the pared zest of 1

1 tsp rose water

ice cubes, to serve

2 litres still or sparkling water, chilled, to serve


1. Put the caster sugar and 200ml water in a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil for 1 minute, remove from the heat, then add the pomegranate juice and lemon juice and zest; leave to cool.

2. Once cold, add the rose water. Pour into a clean, sterilised bottle and chill. To serve, pour around 4 tbsp (60ml) syrup into a tumbler, add ice, then top up with chilled still or sparkling water.