I whipped up this boozy cider on the first night it was acceptable to turn on the fire place. Wait, our fireplace has been on since September thanks to the fact that my husband accidentally paid the gas bill twice one month...one month, twelve months ago. And then, he continued to keep paying it, even though the billing total was in parentheses each month. Everybody knows parentheses means negative balance! (Everybody except my husband). So, basically we have, like, negative one thousand dollars credit to the gas company and we're moving out of this house soon.
Ergo, the fireplace has been on for a while. But but but, the minute it was socially acceptable to have a warm drink by the fire, I made this hot pomegranate cider.
I picked up a batch of local fresh-pressed apple cider and mixed it with pomegranate juice. You can juice the pomegranate yourself if you're up for a challenge (I'm now imagining you pinching hundreds of pomegranate seeds between your fingers), but I just buy the bottled stuff. Then, I steeped the two juices with sliced fresh ginger, a clove and cinnamon sticks.
Oh, don't forget the booze. I added dark rum to mine, and bourbon to my husband's. We tasted both and decided that rum tastes better. But hey, the world is your oyster, stir in whatever fire water you like.
BOOZY POMEGRANATE CIDER
This alcoholic pomegranate cider is a great fall cocktail.
- 2 cups pomegranate juice
- 1 cup fresh, unfiltered apple cider
- 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
- 1 clove
- 2 ½" slices of ginger
- 2 shots dark rum or whiskey (optional)
- In a small saucepan, add all ingredients except booze. Turn the heat to medium and let the mixture come to a simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes or so, until it's nice and fragrant.
- Divide between two warm mugs, and add a shot of rum to each mug. Serve immediately.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 391Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 2gSugar: 45gProtein: 2g
Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says
Love the idea of a pomegranate cider!
Color me shocked...at the belittling of your husband.
Willow @ Will Cook For Friends says
Haha, on noes! Although, having a fire going constantly sounds super cozy, especially with something sippable like this. I've been on a serious pomegranate kick as of late, and have been playing with the idea of doing a cocktail of some sort. Cider sounds like the perfect addition -- yum!
On the ginger....is it TWO 1/2 inch slices, or ONE 2.5 inch slice? I know it's not a huge difference...just wanted to confirm.
Hi Lisa, Sorry the formatted text makes it look strange. It's TWO slices that are 1/2" thick. Good luck! :)
BeBetsy - Smashingly Good Living says
Looks delicious - love the entire idea of using pomegranates - so good. Sharon and Denise