Pomegranate juice is a staple beverage for holidays like Sukkot (to represent the harvest) and Tu B’Shevat (to uniquely enjoy the seven species of Israel) in many families. Pomegranates are also special to Judaism because it is said to have the same number of seeds that we have Commandments. Therefore, homemade pomegranate juice has found its way into Jewish traditions and customs. For other beverages straight from Israel, check out our coffee gallery. 

Ingredients: 

· 4 pomegranates 
· 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
· 2 teaspoons sugar (or to taste) 
· 2 teaspoons orange flower water (optional) 

Preparation: 

Seed the pomegranates. Wash the seeds, and then pass them through a juicer or food mill. Strain the juice if desired. Stir in the sugar, lemon juice, and orange flower water. Serve immediately over ice. 

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