There are several reasons why Fall is my favorite season: the changing leaves, the damp cool air, leggings and boots, squashes galore, and cozying up with my favorite reading blanket with a big mug of something warm and awesome.
One of my favorite drinks would have to be cider. Something about the comforting aromas of cinnamon and spices immersed in fresh apple juice seems soothing for any soul on any occasion.
When the cool folks at POM sent me over a case their awesome pomegranate juice the first thing that came to mind was making a mulled cider out of it. The tartness of the pomegranate blends harmoniously with the splendied sweetness of apples -- a pair made in heaven, cider heaven specifically.
This is not only an easy recipe but an awesome one -- great for parties, get togethers, or in my case, just because. Cider should always be enjoyed on a cool fall night. Sit outside with your beau or friends and let the comforting aromas of spices fill your nose and warm your hands. Maybe throw in a kumbaya somewhere in there and you've got yourself a party!
Ingredients for POM Mulled Cider:
- 1 gallon fresh cider
- 3 cups POM pomegranate juice
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 5 cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 piece of ginger, cut about 1/2 inch thick
Pour the cider and POM in a large pot and place on stove at high heat. Add the sugar and spices and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat to a simmer for 15 minutes -- this allows the infusion of the spices. Remove the spices and ladel the cider into mugs, serve immediately.