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ALISSA DICKER is a freelance writer and cooking teacher in New York City.

 

 

February 2008
Updated November 2008

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Pomegranate Juice Reviews

Page 4: Pomegranate Juice Drink Blends

 

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Part II: Pomegranate Juice Reviews

 

Pomegranate Juice Blends

For every 100% pomegranate juice on the market, there seems to be a pomegranate juice blend.  Popular drinks include mixing pomegranate juice with the high-antioxidant açaí, blueberry, cranberry and cherry, plus the delectable mango.

We only tasted blends that listed pomegranate juice as the main ingredient. As with the 100% pomegranate juices, we excluded any brands containing added sugar. What did we find?

  • In the blends, the secondary flavor was often more pronounced than the pomegranate itself. 
  • In many of the best blends, the pomegranate acts as a vehicle for emphasizing whatever other flavor is in the juice, delicately balancing heavier notes with its acidity.
  • Like the 100% pomegranate juices, the blends ranged from light to full body and spanned an array of colors and a spectrum of flavors.

What We Tried

We tried many products, including all of these (several of these companies make additional pomegranate blends, which we did not have a chance to sample):

  • Frützzo: Pomegranate Açaí, Pomegranate Blueberry, Pomegranate Passion Fruit
  • Lakewood: Pomegranate with Cranberry, Pomegranate with Blueberry,
    Pomegranate with Açaí
  • Naked: Plentiful Pomegranate (with Raspberry Purée), Pomegranate Blueberry,
    Pomegranate Açaí
  • Odwalla: PomaGrand (with wild berry extract), Pomegranate Mango
  • POM: Wonderful Pomegranate Blueberry, Pomegranate Cherry, Pomegranate
    Mango, Pomegranate Tangerine
  • Purely Juice: Pomegranate Blueberry, Pomegranate Cherry
  • Super Granate: Pomegranate Blueberry
  • Trader Joe’s: Pomegranate Blueberry
  • Whole Foods 365: Pomegranate Blueberry, Pomegranate Cherry Berry

What We Liked

Here are our favorites. In general, any pomegranate juice with mango and blueberry is delicious.

  • Kosher brands include Naked, Odwalla and POM Wonderful
  • Organic brands include Frützzo and Lakewood
  • Prices will vary; those shown are what we paid at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Markets and other stores in New York City
   

Frützzo Pomegranate Passion Fruit

This translucent, amber-pink juice, which is organic, has a light-to-medium body. Its apple juiciness offsets the mouth-puckering tartness of the passion fruit juice and the milder tartness from the pomegranate. A slightly dry finish rounds out this fun-to-drink blend, which is great on its own, as a mixer, or splashed over desserts. Note: the other Frützzo blends (açaí, blueberry) are also tasty.

Certified USDA Organic

  • 12-Ounce Bottle
    $2.97
  • Learn more at Frutzzo.com
Frutzzo Pomegranate Passion Fruit Juice

Naked Plentiful Pomegranate

Of the many juices we tasted that had bitter finishes, we found this one to be the most pleasant. Pomegranate juice has been blended with a tart raspberry purée, which, as the first thing to hit the palate, provides a nice segue into the bitter pomegranate finish. Although it’s not for the faint of heart, this near-medium bodied drink, with brown-mauve undertones to its red juice, is nice for straight juice. It’s also suitable for mixing.

Certified kosher by Orthodox Union

  • 15.2-Ounce Bottle
    $4.19
    64-Ounce Bottle
    $8.99
  • Learn more at NakedJuice.com
Naked Plentiful Pomegranate

Odwalla PomaGrand

In this product, pomegranate juice has been blended with “wildberry extract,” a combination of chokeberry, elderberry, blueberry, black currant and apple. These flavors give the juice a well-balanced flavor that could hold its own in the 100% juice category. The tart and tasty, medium-to-full bodied juice has a lovely pinot noir-like color and is not too sweet. It smells mildly of apple and has cranberry-apple and dark fruit undertones.  This is certainly an all-purpose juice.

  • 16-Ounce Bottle
    $3.49
    64-Ounce Bottle
    $12.99
  • Learn more at Odwalla.com
Odwalla Poma Grand

Odwalla PomaGrand Pomegranate Mango

This juice, which contains mango purée, manages to be full-bodied but not heavy. The pomegranate’s tartness balances the mango flavor, creating a refreshing, not-too-sweet drink that evokes the mango lassis popular in Indian cuisine. The peachy-pink juice is nearly opaque and has an apple finish. It’s a treat to drink on its own and delicious in cocktails or smoothies.

  • 16-Ounce Bottle
    $3.49
  • Learn more at Odwalla.com
Odwalla Mango Pomegranate Juice

POM Wonderful Pomegranate Blueberry

We love everything about this rich, dark, flavorful juice—its blueberry smell, blueberry color, and, especially, its potent blueberry taste. Tart and almost syrupy, it screams to be shaken over ice, with gin and freshly squeezed lime.

POM Wonderful Pomegranate Cherry

With the aroma of a cherry lollipop and a deep red-purple winelike color, this juice is just slightly lighter in body than its blueberry counterpart. The juicy liquid has cherry and dark fruit overtones. The pomegranate-cherry combination creates a nice tartness, which works well with its off-dry finish. This rich juice is well suited to mixing and would complement the flavors of red wine sangria.

Certified kosher by Orthodox Union

  • 16-Ounce Bottle
    $4.49
  • Learn more at PomWonderful.com
Pom Wonderful Blueberry
   

All product photos by Claire Freierman, except POM Wonderful Pomegranate Blueberry.

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