December 20th, 2012

Pomegranate Apple Cider


Sometimes if I’m not careful, I let myself get so caught up in all the Christmas “doing” that I can forget to just relax, take a few deep breaths, enjoy of cup of cider, and appreciate the meaning of the season and the blessings around me.  I finally have all the presents bought, the packages mailed and the cards sent.  For me, now it’s time to stop worrying about what else I could do and just enjoy my family and friends {and of course a good book}.

This cider is a great way to slow down and relax.  When you brew up a batch your whole house will be filled with the aroma of Christmas!

I wish you all the best this holiday – enjoy the love, the smiles, the laughter, the meaning, and the magic of the season!

 

Pomegranate Apple Cider

Ingredients:

6 whole cloves
2 small cinnamon sticks
1 strip lemon rind (about 3 inches)
1 strip orange rind (about 3 inches)
8 cups apple cider
1 cup pomegranate juice (cranberry works too)
3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
cheesecloth

Directions:

Place first 4 ingredients on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; tie securely. Combine cheesecloth bag, cider, and remaining ingredients in a large pot; bring to a simmer. Cook 30 minutes. Discard cheesecloth bag.

Makes about 10 cups.

recipe adapted slightly from Cooking Light, November 2007

 

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