Saturday, October 31, 2009

Mulled Pomegranate Orange Sipper--A "Simple Saturday Sipper" for Fall

I am so ready for fall!!! I know what you are thinking..."What does the person in Hawaii have to whine and complain about?" Yes, normally it is paradise here but tomorrow is November and it has been more like summer--hot and humid for well over two weeks now. Also Vog (sulfer dioxide, other gases and crud from Kīlauea, our active volcano on The Big Island) has filled the air this week and it triggers my allergies and asthma and frankly it all makes me GRUMPY! I want a nice crisp, cool fall day--heck, I'll take a cold, rainy fall day even. The kind of day where one can curl up on the couch without feeling sticky. A cozy blanket kind of day with a good book and a nice warm fall drink. Our trade winds just started coming back yesterday, the air is getting clearer and the temperature slightly cooler and so I wasted no time "getting my fall on" last night by making this autumn-feeling Mulled Pomegranate Orange Sipper in the November/December issue of Clean Eating magazine.


Clean Eating says: "Nutritional Bonus: Pomegranate is an excellent source of potassium, an essential mineral that support kidney function, and is also an energy-supplying electrolyte."

Mulled Pomegranate Orange Sipper
Clean Eating, Nov/Dec 2009
(Makes 4 6-oz Servings)

2 cups unsweetened pomegranate juice
Peel from 1 orange
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (from about 2 oranges)
1/2 cup water
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
2 tsp raw organic honey

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepot over medium heat. Cover pot and simmer for at least 20 minutes. Strain cinnamon sticks and cloves from liquid and divide mulled juice into mugs. Serve with or without orange peels pieces in beverage, as garnish.

Nutrients per 6-oz serving: Calories: 100, Total Fat: 0g, Sat. Fat: 0g, Carbs: 24g, Fiber: 0, Sugars: 15g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 15mg, Cholesterol: Omg


Notes/Results: Bright, tangy and comforting it instantly put me in a fall frame of mind (even if I did end up drinking it in shorts and a tank top sitting in front of my fan!). The drink's combination of pomegranate and orange with the cinnamon and cloves is delicious and the small amount of honey sweetens it just enough. A definite make again recipe--especially since they are saying we may get our first "winter chill" by the end of next week. (Of course it's all relative--here that just means shorts and a tee shirt and no fan!) ;-)

Happy Halloween and Happy Weekend!

16 comments:

Pam said...

I love mulled drinks and this looks like a real winner!

Lea Ann said...

This looks wonderful, as we've had a touch of fall here in Denver, in the form of 24 inches of snow! :-)

Thanks for the post.

Kim said...

I love pomegranate juice!! Looks very pretty. I'm laughing about your t-shirt, shorts and a fan. It's pouring rain here and all gloomy outside.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

It is definitely fall here, I will have to send you a picture of the changing leaves.
This is an ideal fall drink - such a gloriously rich colour too.

K and S said...

After the past couple of weeks, I can't wait until that "chilly" day here ;)

Donna-FFW said...

This drink sounds perfectly crisp for a fall day. Ill gladly trade you 5 fall days for one Hawaii sunny day, with a bit of beach thrown in, and a surfer dude;)

George Gaston said...

Deb... These sounds like a great sipper for our early fall days. Look forward to making a batch; thanks!

ARLENE said...

I saw this recipe, but never see pomegranates around. Your sippers always look so boo-tiful. Sorry, couldn't resist.

Fresh Local and Best said...

Wow! This is a very good idea. Mulled drinks are so comforting in the colder season.

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

Nothing says Fall like a mulled drink! I bet this is real yummy! I hope you get some cooler weather! Happy Halloween!

girlichef said...

Yum, this sounds delish!! Perfect for today...

Danielle said...

haha...no fan in shorts and tank = winter! I'm going to have to save this recipe and make it into an alcohol drink! hahaha (well, I might put some aside for the kids before spiking it)

Joanne said...

Maybe we can switch places. You can come live here for a week and I will go chill in Hawaii (or not chill, as the case may be).

I didn't realize that pomegranate juice was high in potassium. What a great post-workout drink...and so much better than gatorade.

Mary said...

This looks very, very good. I enjoy mulled drinks and there are not a lot of recipes for them out there. This is on my holiday list.

Mama Bird said...

yum~!! I can't wait to try this!

Foodycat said...

I've been drinking hot spiced apple juice recently - but I think this looks even better!