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Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider

Fresh pressed apple cider and tart pomegranate juice pair with mulling spices and fresh fruit to create a fall-inspired cocktail, perfect for sipping during this autumn and winter season.

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?

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Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider

Spiced Pomegranate Apple Cider

Yield: serves 6 - 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Fresh pressed apple cider and tart pomegranate juice pair with mulling spices and fresh fruit to create a fall-inspired cocktail, perfect for sipping during this autumn and winter season.


  • 3 cups Pomegranate Juice
  • 4 1/2 cups Pressed Fresh Apple Cider (no added sugar or spices)
  • 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


  1. Combine the pomegranate juice, apple cider, brown sugar, cloves, allspice, and cinnamon sticks in a small stockpot or large saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil for 5 minutes. Add the orange slices. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Alternatively, keep warm in a crock-pot on low if you are entertaining for the holidays.
  4. Do not add whole spices to glasses or mugs when serving. Place a slice of orange in each glass. Serve hot.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 158Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 17mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 2gSugar 33gProtein 1g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Wednesday 27th of November 2019

I tried this recipe as is no substitutes and it was like liquid candy. I wasn’t able to serve at my thanksgiving gathering. If anyone has suggestions on how to reduce the sweetness for adult consumption, please post.


Wednesday 27th of November 2019

Hi, did you use fresh pressed apple cider with no added sugar or spices or did you use sweetened and spiced apple cider? This recipe should not be that sweet with only 2 1/2 tablespoons of brown sugar in the recipe. I use the type I find in my grocery store's produce department that is labeled fresh pressed apple cider. It is not spiced cider which often has added sugar and spices. I would be happy to help with troubleshooting. If you did use spiced cider, add additional pomegranate juice and fresh cider of the unsweetened variety until your desired flavor is reached. Alternatively, you could prepare this as an alcoholic beverage and add a dry red wine to it, test 1 cup at a time until your desired flavor is reached.


Saturday 24th of December 2016

YOU GUYS - ADD WHISKEY. 1/2 a liter of 2 Gingers - you won't regret it.

(Drink responsibly, though - cheers!)


Saturday 24th of December 2016

Thanks for sharing!

Erin @ Cooking on Whim

Sunday 4th of December 2011

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

Tickled Red

Thursday 1st of December 2011

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


Thursday 1st of December 2011

A delicious combination. Beautiful, festive and delicious!