Mull the Cold Away

Recently I got an email from the radtastic people at POM Wonderful. Gee, I wonder why they chose NOW to email me? Could it be…*looks up at header* Hehe!

They wanted to send me some juice. And who am I to refuse sweet, tangy pomegranate juice?

Little red jewels...
Little red jewels...

I wasn’t really sure what to do with it (and I still have two bottles in my fridge!) but I knew I’d figure something out. I opened my trusty copy of the Flavor Bible and looked up pomegranates, hoping to find some inspiration. And did I ever!

Mmmm, so RED.
Mmmm, so RED.

One thing that caught my attention was…TEQUILA. Ooooh…I totally HAD that! Left over from some boozy watermelon at a picnic this past summer. Add some ginger and lime, and we’re getting somewhere!


I decided that, though a cocktail would be pretty and delicious, this particular drink needed to be a bit more seasonal. So I made it into a hot mulled drink. Lime peel and juice, some fresh sliced ginger, a glug of tequila and a little agave nectar for sweetness…not to mention a handful or two of fresh pomegranate arils floated on top for fresh, crunchy pomegranate flavor.

So warming and delicious.
So warming and delicious.

Mulled Pomegranate Cocktail

  1. 32 oz. POM Wonderful pomegranate juice
  2. 1 oz. fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thinly
  3. Peel of 1 lime
  4. Juice of 1/2 lime
  5. 2 oz. tequila
  6. 1-2 oz. agave nectar (sweeten to taste)
  7. Fresh pomegranate arils, to garnish

Place the pomegranate juice, ginger, lime peel, lime juice and tequila in a large saucepan and simmer over low heat for about an hour. Sweeten with agave nectar and strain out ginger and lime peel. Garnish servings with arils.

This would be a great alternative to punch at a New Year’s Eve gathering – the ginger makes the whole thing extra warming and together with the lime really packs a zesty punch of flavor. The tequila is understated and could certainly be increased if you wanted a boozier drink.

There are a lot of health benefits to pomegranates and their juice and you can easily reap them and keep warm too with this drink. (What, tequila isn’t a health food? News to me.)


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