Apple Pomegranate Fizz

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With the holidays fast-approaching, I’m always on the lookout for recipes that I can share with my whole family at gatherings … something that can please everyone — the adults who want to drink, the adults who don’t, and the picky kids who want to drink what everyone else is drinking. This apple pomegranate fizz mocktail or cocktail can be prepared to please ALL of those people.

This delicious drink came to my attention courtesy of West Elm x Whole Foods Market, who’ve partnered up on six delicious recipes, including this one, to raise money for the World Planet Foundation. The World Planet Foundation aims to solve poverty and October 25th is “Poverty is Unnecessary Day.” I couldn’t agree more. If you post your own creation to Instagram, using #westelmxwfm, West Elm will donate $1 per post, up to $2000 to the World Planet Foundation at the end of the year. I think that’s pretty awesome and hope you’ll participate with me by either making this apple pomegranate fizz or one of the other suggest recipes. And btw, West Elm’s blog, Front + Main has some seriously delectable stuff! 

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I decided to go with the “mocktail” version of the Apple Pomegranate Fizz, and jazzed it up a little, but am definitely excited to serve it as a cocktail version too! I would use hard cider, or a cider wine, in place of apple cider, and if you really want to get fancy pants, you could use a pomegranate liqueur. And just so you know, this recipe is Papa Leigh approved … and my dad rarely likes anything I make I’ve only got about five Papa-approved recipes in the last 27 years … which is how I know this is good.

(based on this recipe from West Elm x Whole Foods Market)

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What you’ll need:

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 (4-inch) piece fresh ginger thinly sliced (or 3 tbsp. bottled ginger, which is what I used)
  • 2 cups chilled unsweetened pomegranate juice
  • 1 quart chilled apple cider 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup ginger beer

Let’s make it!

  1. Combine 1/2 cup water, sugar and ginger in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add cinnamon. Lower heat and simmer 3 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Strain out ginger; you should be left with about 1/3 cup syrup. P1020379
  5. In 6 cocktail glasses, pour about 2 teaspoons ginger syrup and 1/3 cup pomegranate juice into each glass.
  6. Top with equal parts cider and ginger beer.
  7. Reserve remaining syrup for more cocktails!

What’s your favorite holiday cocktail or party dish?

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