Saturday, December 19, 2009

Spice up the holidays!

Spiced POM Cider
The people in the test kitchen at POM Wonderful have been busy coming up with tasty recipes using pomegranate juice.
In fact, they created a dandy beverage just in time for the holidays called “Spiced POM Cider."

Here’s how to prepare this festive drink:

Spiced POM Cider

32 ounces POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate juice
8 oz. water
4 cinnamon sticks (broken in half)
6 whole cloves
1 star anise
6 green cardamom pods
6 juniper berries
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
Zest and juice from half of an orange

1. Combine all ingredients in a medium pot and bring to a slow simmer over low heat.
2. Keep heat low and simmer for an additional 45 minutes, then turn off the heat.
3. Allow mixture to steep for at least 2 hours off the heat.
4. Strain and refrigerate.
5. Serve hot or cold; garnish with an orange slice.
6. For an alcoholic beverage, add 1 oz. apple brandy and ½ oz. Cointreau per serving.

We're making ours with Armenian brandy, of course!

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