Pomegranate Cider Spritzer

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Pomegranate Cider Spritzer | A Couple Cooks

Pomegranate Cider Spritzer | A Couple Cooks

Pomegranate Cider Spritzer | A Couple Cooks

It’s past the first few days of November, which means it’s Thanksgiving planning time! Every year, Alex and I have a tradition where we create an entire Thanksgiving menu to share on the blog, and it’s one of our favorite things about the month. For the menu, we focus on healthy, whole food recipes that make the ingredients shine and are fabulously delicious without extra calories and richness. Since we’re always Thanksgiving guests, we never get to host, so this meal is our time to experiment with lots of fall flavors. We spent a few weeks ago making the entire meal, with a few helpers (one of them was a reader who we met through our Cook for Health September contest!).

We’ll share all the recipes with you starting next week, but to start it off, here’s a little before dinner drink. It can be either alcoholic or non-alcoholic, and both versions are fantastic. It’s sweet and slightly tangy, and would look lovely garnished with pomegranate seeds (we intended to use them but overlooked it before snapping the photos above!).

To make the soda water, we used this soda maker available in our new gift shop. It’s a perfect idea for as healthy beverage substitute for soda pop, which is why we purchased it. Alex used to be a huge pop drinker, and while he hasn’t had the stuff in years, he still enjoys beverages that are more exciting than plain old water. Soda water with some lemon and/or lime wedges is a perfect soda substitute, and we drink it often. It’s also fun to experiment with carbonating other beverages, like wine (instant champagne!).

We hope you enjoy this cocktail — and we look forward to sharing the remainder of the Thanksgiving meal over the next 2 weeks!

PS We just created a gift shop with our favorite kitchen tools and cookbooks to help with holiday gift ideas for your friends and family. Check it out!

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Check out our Thanksgiving Pinboard for more ideas. 

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Pomegranate Cider Spritzer


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
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Ingredients

  • 450 mL apple cider (non-alcoholic)
  • 150 mL pomegranate juice
  • 300 mL soda water
  • 2 limes
  • Pomegranate seeds (optional)
  • Vodka or bourbon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix together 450 mL apple cider, 150 mL pomegranate juice, and 300 mL soda water (we used a soda maker, available here). For an alcoholic version, add a splash of vodka or bourbon.
  2. Cut lime wedgesand add the juice of two wedges to each serving. Garnish with lime wedges and pomegranate seeds.

 

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious, and a recipe developer and healthy & sustainable food advocate behind the award-nominated food blog A Couple Cooks.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is photographer and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best new cookbooks” by Bon Appetit, and a recipe developer, photographer, and technical expert at A Couple Cooks.

18 Comments

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    November 6, 2014 at 1:14 am

    My family would go crazy for this around the holiday. Love it!

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    Ashlae
    November 6, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I’m currently planning our Thanksgiving feast using recipes from some of my favorite folks and this just certainly made the drink list (assuming we can get apple cider and pomegranate juice in Iceland). Although I’m gonna have to go with non-optional gin. ;)

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    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    November 6, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I’m loving your new gift shop, I just want everything! Also, I can see myself sipping a few of these while preparing Thanksgiving dinner : )

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 6, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Oh, thank you so much, Abby! All the gift shop items are our absolute favorites. Let us know if you try anything out!

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    Cynthia @ The Simple Fare
    November 6, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Growing up in a Persian family, I was raised eating pomegranate and it’s one of my favorite winter foods. I’m always looking for new ideas to use it, and can’t wait to try this recipe out!

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    Sasha
    November 6, 2014 at 11:26 am

    This looks lovely! I have a question though, what exactly is your apple cider? Here in the UK, apple cider is alcoholic. Is it some kind of sparkling apple juice for you guys?

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 6, 2014 at 11:32 am

      Sasha, thanks for this comment! I didn’t realize apple cider was alcoholic in the UK! In the US, “apple cider” is non-alcoholic (but not sparkling), and “hard cider” is alcoholic. Is this something accessible to you in the UK? I’ll update the recipe too!

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        Sasha
        November 6, 2014 at 11:53 am

        Oh that’s really interesting! Yes and in some cases it is very alcoholic! I guess that we would just use apple juice then, or sparkling apple juice and omit the soda. Unless your apple cider is not the same as apple juice?

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          Alex
          November 6, 2014 at 12:36 pm

          I think any apple juice would be delicious; American apple cider is basically unfiltered apple juice.

        • Reply
          Kathryn
          November 7, 2014 at 8:46 am

          Hi Sasha, I’ve found that the closest equivalent to apple cider in the UK is the Copella cloudy apple juice – it seems to be pretty much the same thing.

          • Sonja
            November 7, 2014 at 11:32 am

            Kathryn, thanks for the response on this! This is very helpful!

          • Sasha
            November 10, 2014 at 2:24 pm

            Thanks for this Kathryn! I will definitely be trying out the recipe then :)

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
    November 6, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Yum! This looks so refreshing :) Love your glasses too!

  • Reply
    Chris
    November 6, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    This looks delicious, but I am a little surprised to see your liquid measurements are not in ounces or cups, but rather are metric. Why the departure?

    • Reply
      Alex
      November 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Haha! I was wondering if anyone would notice :-) After figuring out the 3-1-2 proportion that I liked, mL offered the easiest way to up it to 4 servings. Sorry if its confusing!

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    Kathryn
    November 7, 2014 at 8:47 am

    This drink sounds right up my street. Although I love a good cocktail, I’m quite partial to a non-alcoholic version too and definitely enjoy drinking something that’s a bit more special than water, particularly around the holidays.

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    Anonymous
    November 13, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Lovely idea, looks delicious and once again, amazng pictures.
    Cheers!
    P&F
    preppyandfunny.wordpress.com

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    Sophie | The Green Life
    November 22, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    This is such a perfect drink for the holidays! I love the apple cider and pomegranate combo! <3

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