As the summer draws to an end, my mood has started to take a nosedive. I’m so not ready for my long days of doing nothing to end. But just because my psyche is plummeting, the hot, Texas heat is not following suit. So here’s one to cool you off as these last days of summer wither away.
The refreshing, non-alcoholic cocktail also has some health benefits. (I can’t say the same about the alcoholic version for sure…) Pomegrantes are loaded with healthy antioxidants. *They are a good source for vitamin C and potassium. Juice of the pomegranate has been found effective in reducing heart disease risk factors. Pomegranate has also been shown to reduce cholesterol and systolic blood pressure. It has also been proven to reduce stress triggers and as having antibacterial effects against dental plaque. While the fruit is available during the summer (normally available from September to January in the Northern Hemisphere and March to May in the Southern Hemisphere), it’s juice is and it makes for some great cocktails. So drink up.
Pomegranate Sangria (Non-Alcoholic Recipe)
1 quart pomegranate juice
2 cups papaya, mango or apple juice
1-2 oranges (depending on size)
1/2 cup sugar
- Mix juices and sugar briskly until sugar dissolves.
- Wash oranges and berries and cut them into thin, round slices.
- Remove kiwi skin and cut into thick, round slices. Place all fruit into your juice mixture and allow the flavors to blend in fridge for 2-3 hours or overnight, before serving.
- Serve in individual glasses, garnished with fresh fruit slices.
1 orange, sliced
1 lime, sliced
1 apple, cored and sliced
1 bottle red wine
3 cups white rum
1/2 cup orange flavored liqueur
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
3 tablespoons sugar
1 quart club soda, to taste
In a pitcher add orange, lime, apple and cover with red wine, rum, orange liqueur, orange juice, pomegranate juice and stir in sugar. Chill in the refrigerator for about 3 hours. When ready to serve top off with club soda, to taste. Enjoy!
You can add any fruits and berries that you wish. Try strawberries, pineapples, and mangos. Yummy!