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Friday, November 9, 2012

Warm Up: Pomegranate Cider | Family Economics

By Alison Lewis


There’s nothing better when it’s cold outside then to walk indoors and smell the wonderful aromas of apple cider heating over the stove. Every Thanksgiving my sister Natalie, makes a fantastic cranberry cider that fills her home with the smell of the holiday season. I love her recipe, but I tweaked it to incorporate pomegranate juice instead of cranberry. My kids told me it was the best cider they ever had, and since that was such a good endorsement I wanted to share with you! This cider is delicious, warming and visually delightful -- your loved ones will truly enjoy it throughout the wintertime.

What is your favorite warm holiday beverage to share with your family?

When you brew a batch of this, your house will instantly smell amazing.

Pomegranate Cider

pomegranate cider

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Yield: 8 to 10 servings


4 cups apple cider
3 cups light pomegranate juice
1 cup fresh orange juice
3 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Garnish: Extra cinnamon sticks, orange slices


Combine apple cider, pomegranate juice, orange juice, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and cloves in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring to a simmer, then cook an additional 30 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks and garnish mugs with additional, fresh cinnamon sticks and orange slices, if desired.

Note: You can now find “light” pomegranate juice in most stores, but regular will also work.

Photo courtesy of Alison Lewis.

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On Monday, December 3, 2012, Tanya from Birmingham wrote

I saw this on Pinterest on Alison's page. OMG YUM

On Sunday, December 2, 2012, Lisa Palet from Nashville wrote

I made this the other night for a holiday party and it's divine!

On Sunday, December 2, 2012, Rosemary from Alabama wrote

These look amazing! On our Christmas list


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