Pomegranate Apple Cider is a tart and spicy way to keep warm during the holidays. Heat up a cup of this delicious cider during a cozy night in, or double the recipe and amaze your friends and family with your homemade apple cider prowess!
Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming! What? Too soon? I hate to remind you, folks, but December is only two weeks away. Every shopping centre in Victoria is fully decked out in glitter and gold, trees are going up around town, and I’ve already witnessed a few signs for community Christmas activities. The holiday season is out in full force around these parts. I’m excited.
Last year, I was in Australia for the holidays, which was quite the experience. You really haven’t experienced a summer time Christmas until you’re feasting on a smorgasbord of barbequed prawns, sausages, steak, salads, and chocolate mousse in the 37 degree weather. It was an outstanding meal surrounded by wonderful and caring people, and I’m thankful to my boyfriend’s family for including me in their holiday festivities. It was a Christmas I’ll treasure forever.
But I have to admit, I’m pretty excited for my Northern Hemisphere Christmas this year. I’m looking forward to cozy nights in my slippers and fuzzy blankets, curled up on the couch with my family, sipping on delicious holiday drinks — like this Pomegranate Apple Cider.
Before I developed this recipe, the closest I had ever been to making homemade cider was tossing apple juice and a couple cinnamon sticks in a pot and heating it through. Obviously not the same. So this year, I decided that I would give the real stuff a go. And, oh my god, am I glad I did! This stuff knocks the pants off of the apple cider you can get from the store (or even from Starbucks)! The sweet apple flavour combined with the spicy scent of cinnamon, star anise, and nutmeg and the tart zing from the pomegranate seeds makes for one amazing holiday beverage. Plus, it’s pink! I’d say that’s worth a couple extra points.
Wanna know the best part about making homemade cider? There is no need to spritz air freshener around when company comes! Just brew a pot of this and let the enticing aroma of woody spices, apples, pomegranates, and orange zest engulf your entire home. So much better than potpourri.
I will be drinking my weight in this Pomegranate Apple Cider this holiday season. Will you?
- 6 apples, mix of sweet and tart
- 2 pomegranates, seeds only
- ¼ cup raw cane sugar*
- 2 2-inch slices orange zest
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 small star anise
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 8 cups water, or enough to cover the fruit
- Combine all the ingredients in a large stock pot, stir, and cover with a lid. Bring the contents to a hard boil over high heat and allow to boil for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn the heat down after 30 minutes and simmer for 1 hour. After the fruit has simmered for an hour, mash the contents well with a potato masher, making sure to break up all the fruit. Simmer for 1 hour more.
- Once the cider is finished simmering, remove the pot from the stove and allow to cool completely, about 3 hours. After the mixture has cooled, strain the cider from the pulp through a cheese cloth into a large jug or bowl. Discard the pulp.
- This cider will keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. Reheat either by microwaving individual glasses or place back on the stove over medium heat until warmed through.