Pomegranates are very significant in Judaism. Specifically, with the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana – it is traditional to consume because of their numerous seeds symbolizing fruitfulness for the year ahead. It is also said to have 613 seeds, which is the number of “mitzvot” or moral deeds/commandments a Jew must perform. (Between you and me – I’ve never actually counted) There are more interesting tidbits here.
Lucky for Jews and non-Jews alike, this delightful fruit is attractive as it is delicious. They are also very abundant this time of year. Yes, our Jewish New Year has passed, but that doesn’t mean we cannot use its vibrant color and juiciness for other recipes during this time. This is not your typical fruit punch!
Not only is it packed with all the nutrients pomegranate juice delivers, but it is perfect as is or spruced up with an alcoholic beverage of your choice. **(seltzer or sparkling water, moscato, rose’, rum, vodka, etc)
This could work as a signature drink for Thanksgiving, Chanukah or even Christmas. Feel free to experiment with different fruit.
Pomegranate Fruit Punch
-1 cup apple cider, (not spiced)
-1 cup orange juice ( fresh is best, but store bought works too)
-4 cups pomegranate juice
-**Add extra liquid as you see fit
-1 orange sliced in rounds
-1 bartlett pear, small dice
– Seeds from 1 pomegranate
-1 cinnamon stick
-1 whole star anise
-1 whole clove
-few sprigs of fresh mint
Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher and allow to steep and sit in the refrigerator over night.
*Fresh ginger might work nice in here, though I did not try it. A squeeze of lemon will help to brighten things up – if it starts to taste to mulled down and “spiced”. I chose not to put added sugar, but if you feel it needs it – brown sugar, agave or honey would work well. Enjoy!