Pomegranate cider offers a twist on the typical holiday treat of mulled drinks. Replacing the apple cider or wine with pomegranate juice adds a lively new taste to an old time treat.
- 32 fl oz fresh pomegranate juice
- 8 fl oz Water
- 4 Cinnamon Sticks (Broken in half)
- 6 Whole Cloves
- 1 Star Anise
- 6 Green Cardamom Pods
- 6 Juniper Berries
- 1-1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- Zest and juice from ½ an organic orange
Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. On low heat, simmer for 45 minutes; turn off heat. Allow the cider to steep for 2 hours or more. Strain and refrigerate. Serve cold or hot. Garnish with and orange slice or wedge. Yields 4-6 servings.
Nutritional Benefits of Pomegranate Juice
Pomegranate gives good juice and life support. Click here for the nutritional benefits and lore of the passionate pomegranate. While the pomegranate is the star of this show, the spices used to mull the juice have their own claims to nutritional fame. These spices add a whole other thing to be thankful for during the holidays.
- It offers blood sugar control. Studies have shown that ½ tsp of cinnamon per day lowers LDL cholesterol.
- Cinnamon inhibits the movement of food from the stomach after meals. This in turn keeps blood sugar from spiking. Cinnamon is a friend to digestion and assimilation of food.
- When combined with honey, cinnamon has also been shown to reduce arthritis pain within one month. The winning combination is ½ tsp cinnamon combined with 1 Tbs of honey.
- The scent of cinnamon has a powerful amplifying effect on human cognitive function and memory.
- It is a fantastic source of manganese, iron, and calcium.
- Cinnamon is a blood thinner, offering anti-clotting properties to blood platelets.
- It is also an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, protecting against free-radicals.
Cloves active component, eugenol, brings it medicinally. This substance is:
- A mild anesthetic and has been used successfully to treat pain associated with dental treatments such as root canal, temporary fillings, and gum pain.
- Antibacterial properties make cloves a welcome addition in fighting colds, bronchitis, flue, and athlete’s foot.
- Anti-Inflammatory activity helps relieve rheumatism and arthritis. As an aromatic, cloves can help relieve respiratory inflammation like asthma, bronchitis and sinusitis.
- Cloves have the highest antioxidant action of any food. Cloves fight free-radicals as a matter of course and can help you reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, arthritis and more.
- Are an excellent source of manganese and offer vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium.
- Cloves are great for the digestive system. It reduces incidences of gas, stomach ulcers, and dyspepsia.
Star Anise is shaped like an eight-pointed star and is a warming spice used for:
- Assisting in the relief of digestive issues such as bloating, gas, constipation, indigestion, and cramps.
- Used in treating the flu, specifically the famous Swine flu, due to its active substance called Shikimic acid.
- Relieving mucus. It is in expectorant and helps liquefy thick mucus easing painful coughs.
- Improves the appetite. Because of its effective action on the digestive system, this herb can assist in helping people who need a higher intake of food, eat.
Green Cardamom is known as the Queen of Spices balancing Black Pepper as the King. Green Cardamom:
- Brings calcium, phosphorus and iron to the table.
- Helps remove caffeine from the body.
- Is a digestive system stimulant, increasing the appetite while soothing the entire system. It reduces instances of gas, heartburn, and indigestion.
- Eliminates halitosis. Chewing on the seeds will remove odors from the mouth. It also helps ease a sore throat and hoarseness associated with colds and flu.
- Is an expectorant and also increases circulation to the lungs. It is helpful in treating asthma and bronchitis.
- Can assist in reducing incidences of impotency and premature ejaculation. Though too much cardamom will have the opposite effect.
- Is a diuretic and promotes kidney and bladder health by reducing inflammation.
- Improves digestion by stimulating bile flow. The berries can relieve an upset tummy, reduce gas, and cramping.
- Lowers blood sugar glycemic levels. The consumption of juniper berries increases the secretion of glucose-induced insulin and lowers overall glucose levels.
- Supports the kidney and urinary tract and is a diuretic. The anti-microbial properties of the juniper berry fights infection of this important system.
- The anti-microbial properties also fight against fungus and bacteria.
- Its anti-inflammatory properties eases gout, arthritis, and rheumatism—specifically joint ailments related to fluid retention.
- Revives muscle tone and can reduce the effects of aging.
- Reduces menstrual cramps and can improve uterine tone.
- Can assist in weight loss, because of its cleansing and diuretic properties.