Though I have yet to try a pomegranate, I have had the opportunity to sample POM Wonderful – 100% pomegranate juice – and it was is a pleasure indeed. In addition to the pure pomegranate juice, POM Wonderful has come out with several new product lines, the juice blends and POMx Tea also being dairy-free (we will have to bug them about not using a dairy-free dark chocolate in their new bars – don’t they know that milk reduces the antioxidant power!). But, I must confess, even after sampling the delicious new blends and teas, I am still most loyal to their original antioxidant powerhouse, 100% Pomegranate Juice. It has a natural, sweet-tart flavor that blends a berry-like fruity sweetness with a contrasting bite, not unlike cranberry juice.
I also like the versatility of the pure pomegranate juice. It can be used in various recipes from baked goodies (loved it in the best-ever Pomegranate Ginger Cupcakes) to refreshing smoothies (try my POM-Mango Smoothie; trust me, it is a taste sensation not to be missed). Yet, with the mercury frequently dipping below freezing, a warm pomegranate beverage does sound enticing, which is why I opted to feature the “Eskimo Kiss” recipe from POM Wonderful (recipe below). It is a delightful spiced pomegranate-apple cider …
- 1 quart freshly squeezed pomegranate juice* or POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
- 2 quarts of fresh apple cider
- 8 cinnamon sticks
- 6 star anise
- 12 cloves
- 12 allspice berries, cracked
- Place all ingredients in a saucepan.
- Heat to just under a boil for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cover.
- Steep for two hours.
- Strain and serve hot with a cinnamon stick garnish.