Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider

Christmas Recipes, Drinks, Holiday Recipes, Thanksgiving Recipes | 16 comments

The week before Thanksgiving I was cruising the produce isle of my grocery store and saw a gallon of freshly pressed apple cider. I tossed that into my cart with plans to make something warm to drink.

See, I’ve decided that I don’t post nearly enough drink recipes. Why is that? Probably because I don’t make a lot of drinks. But when I do make them, I always enjoy them.

Sure we have a couple favorites around here, like Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate from last winter. Or Pineapple Limeade Cooler and Cherry Limeade Slushies from this summer. But I really don’t experiment with drinks all that much. And perhaps that is a little odd for someone who writes a food blog.

spicd pomegranate apple cider recipe

This Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider really fit the bill. Eric was out of town the week before Thanksgiving. My quiet evenings alone (after the kids went to bed, because we all know it’s not usually quiet when kids are around) were spent watching old episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer while sipping Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider.

Now that it is feeling a bit more like winter around here, I am craving warm things to drink. Instead of jumping to our old standby of hot chocolate, I’ve decided that I’m going to start giving some new drinks a try.

More Winter Drinks for Sipping:

What are your favorite winter drinks?

Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider

Yield: serves 6 - 8

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

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3 cups Pomegranate Juice
4 1/2 cups Pressed Apple Cider
2 1/2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon Whole Cloves
1/2 teaspoon Whole Allspice Berries
2 whole Cinnamon Sticks
1 large Orange, cut in slices
1 drop pure orange essential oil, optional


Combine the pomegranate juice, apple cider, brown sugar, cloves, allspice, and cinnamon sticks in a small stock pot or large saucepan. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil for 5 minutes. Add the orange slices. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Alternatively, keep warm in a crock-pot on low if you are entertaining for the holidays.

Do not add whole spices to glasses or mugs when serving. Place a slice of orange in each glass. Serve hot.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Aimee @ Simple Bites - November 30, 2011 @ 6:16 am

    Just perfect for the season. I’m brewing up a similar drink today to serve over the weekend.

    Lovely photos!


  • 2
    Heidi @ Food Doodles - November 30, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    That looks beautiful, especially with a slice of lemon. I usually do something similar, just with apple cider, but the pomegranate looks delicious. I’ll have to try it for a treat sometime soon!


  • 3
    Cat Davis - Food Family Finds - November 30, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    That sounds wonderful. I just tried pomegranate for the first time a few weeks ago and I’ve been looking for a reason to use it again.


  • 4
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - November 30, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    This sounds perfect! I’m a huge cider fan so a new version would be so fun to try. Thanks for the recipe :)


  • 5
    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies - November 30, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    Mmm this sounds like exactly what I need to ease my aching throat.


  • 6
    Katie @ Epicurean Mom - November 30, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    Oh YUM!! This sounds amazing! Love the addition of pom and the orange essence! Mmmmmm!


  • 7
    Living The Sweet Life - November 30, 2011 @ 11:26 am

    Look at the colour on this cider!! GORGEOUS and so festive


  • 8
    Tracy - November 30, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    I love making this drink in the fall; it’s one of my favorites. I’ll have to try your version!


  • 9
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - November 30, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    Sounds wonderful, I like all those warming spices like cinnamon and cloves in the winter.


  • 10
    Casey@Good. Food. Stories. - November 30, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

    If I had any pomegranate juice in the house, I’d be putting this on to simmer and cueing up Buffy on the DVR now.


  • 11
    nicole {sweet peony} - November 30, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

    mmm this sounds delicious! i love anything pomegranate! thank you for sharing :)


  • 12
    Shaina - November 30, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    I love the idea of pomegranate and apple cider together. Yum.


  • 13
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets - December 01, 2011 @ 6:00 am

    I’m the same exact way with fruit recipes. I eat fruit ALL the time, but just seem to always write up the sweets!


  • 14
    Kristen - December 01, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    A delicious combination. Beautiful, festive and delicious!


  • 15
    Tickled Red - December 01, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    Lovely warm cider. I kinda miss those Buffy days ;D


  • 16
    Erin @ Cooking on Whim - December 04, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

    Just made this on Friday for girls night…. with some minor modifications. It was a hit! Thanks for the fantastic idea!


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