A few weeks ago I was approached by the folks at POM Wonderful ~ the makers of that delicious (and antioxidant rich) 100% pomegranate juice ~ and was asked if I would like try to create some culinary magic using a complimentary case of their product. I jumped at the opportunity to work with something new! I've enjoyed POM Wonderful before ~ straight out of the bottle and mixed in cocktails ~ but being given creative license to create my own POM recipes sounded like the perfect holiday kitchen challenge!
So, with holiday parties and open-houses in mind, I created a cozy cocktail to ward of the winter chill, and evoke the essence of what we cherish most about the holidays. Here the gold of the apple cider and the crimson of the pomegranate juice mingle to create a jewel-toned toddy that nearly glows with holiday warmth and sentiment.
It takes only minutes to prepare a large batch, perfect for parties and large gatherings.
Sandro Botticelli - Virgin of the Pomegranate
Why pomegranate in a holiday cocktail, you ask? Well, did you know...
Pomegranates are one of mankind's earliest cultivated fruits? Man first began planting pomegranate trees sometime between 4000 B.C. and 3000 B.C.
Many scholars now suggest that it was the pomegranate, not an apple, depicted in the biblical Garden of Eden. Fancy that ~ a fruit with deep Biblical and historical roots!
Throughout history, the pomegranate has been revered as a symbol of health, fertility and rebirth.
POM's HOT APPLE PIE CIDER
1 64 oz. bottle Apple Cider
16 oz. POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
2 3" Cinnamon Sticks
2 teaspoons Whole Allspice Berries
2 teaspoons Whole Cloves
2 teaspons Whole Star Anise
1 Clementine Orange, cut in thin slices
Tuaca (An Italian liqueur flavored with vanilla and citrus)
Simply combine all ingredients in a large crock pot (or on the stove) and heat thouroughly. Allow a minimum of one hour for ingredients to steep before serving.
To serve: Fill a clear glass with 6 oz. of the POM cider. Add one Tablespoon Tuaca Liquor (optional). Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream (this is what makes it taste like hot apple pie) and a dash of freshly grated nutmeg. Insert one of the pointed tips of a star anise in the opening at the end of a cinnamon stick to created a "Cinnamon Wand" that makes a lovely a flavorful stir stick.
WHY POM WONDERFUL?
- It's the only brand guaranteed to contain 100% authentic pomegranate juice: All-natural and contains no added sugars, preservatives, colors or cheap fillers
- Tree to Bottle: They grow their own fruit, pick it by hand, squeeze it with their own proprietary presses and even manufacture their own bottles!
- The Wonderful variety of pomegranate is known for its unique combination of superior antioxidants, delicious taste and deep crimson color.
Clinical studies have found positive health benefits from drinking pomegranate juice in the areas of Cariovascular Health, Prostate Health, and Erectile Function. To learn more, click HERE.
For more incredible recipes that incororate the crown jewel of holiday fruit, visit the POM Wonderful website.