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Warm Pomegranate and Apple Mocktail

This warm pomegranate and apple mocktail is a perfect spiced drink for a cozy evening at home! It only has 5 ingredients and it’s incredibly easy to make! A delicious non-boozy winter drink that’s healthy and sugar free!

two cups pomegranate and apple mocktail with cinnamon sticks, rosemary sprigs and fairy lights

Nothing beats a warm drink on a cold winter day! This mocktail really fits the bill! It’s bursting with all of my favorite flavors and is absolutely perfect on a cold winter’s night! I’m not much of a tea drinker, so this is also a great alternative to hot tea!

two glasses pomegranate and apple mocktail with cinnamon sticks, a sliced apple and pomegranate

The best thing about this recipe is that you only need 5 ingredients!

Here’s what you need:

  • Apple &  Pomegranate juice : I use unsweetened 100% apple & pomegranate juice without added sugar or spices.
  • Spices: I use a few cinnamon sticks and whole cloves.
  • Orange peel: This is totally optional, but I think it really adds a nice citrus touch.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is pomegranate and apple mocktail healthy?

Yes! Apples and pomegranates are one of the healthiest fruits around! They’re loaded with all kinds of nutrients, like fiber, protein, and various vitamins! They also offer many health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties.

What does this pomegranate and apple mocktail taste like?

It’s very similar to hot mulled apple cider, but the pomegranate juice adds a nice tartness. What I really like the most about this mocktail, though, is how well pomegranate juice pairs with the spices! It’s delicately spiced and the overall flavor is balanced by the sweetness of the apple juice. It’s such a delicious combination! If you like , you can make it sweeter by adding sugar, honey or maple syrup.

How long does this pomegranate and apple mocktail last?

This drink lasts about 2-3 days in the fridge. It can easily be reheated. If you want you could even enjoy it cold.

Can I use freshly squeezed pomegranate juice?

Yes! For this recipe you’d need the juice from about 3 pomegranates.

HOW TO MAKE WARM POMEGRANATE AND APPLE MOCKTAIL

 

I usually have picture tutorials in my posts, but this recipe is so simple that I didn’t think having pictures was necessary! All you do is put everything in a saucepan and simmer! Then you strain it into a mug and enjoy!

WHAT TO SERVE WITH WARM POMEGRANATE AND APPLE MOCKTAILS

I think these mocktails are great with some apple or pear slices.

Or …

perhaps a slice (or 2) of this amazing apple rose tart with dulce de leche  OMG!!! What a combination!

 

VARIATIONS

  • I think that mint really goes well with pomegranate. You cold just add a few sprigs of mint in the saucepan with the other ingredients.
  • For a Greek twist, add 1-2 drops of food grade orange blossom water or rose water in each mug!
  • Add some red wine or Mavrodaphne wine for a mulled drink, or turn it into a cocktail by adding some bourbon!

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • You need to simmer everything for at least 20 minutes. This allows all the flavors to infuse.
  • If you find the mocktail too tart, feel free to add your favorite sweetener. I think honey, dark brown sugar, or maple syrup all go well with this mocktail.

This comforting drink would be great to have when you want to wind down at the end of the day! It’s perfect in front of a blazing fire or enjoy sipping it next to a firepit! And your house will smell amazing, too!

a cup of pomegranate apple mocktail with cinnamon sticks, some rosemary sprigs, an orange slice, an apple and sliced pomegranate

MORE POMEGRANATE RECIPES!

 

Let me know how this Warm Pomegranate and Apple Mocktail turns out for you in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

Warm Pomegranate and Apple Mocktail

This warm pomegranate and apple mocktail is a perfect spiced drink for a cozy evening at home! It only has 5 ingredients and it’s incredibly easy to make! A delicious non-boozy winter drink that's healthy and sugar free!
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pomegranate, pomegranate juice, apple juice, holiday, hot winter beverages
Servings: 2 -3 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened 100% apple juice (no added spices)
  • 1 cup unsweetened 100% pomegranate juice 
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks + 2-3 additional cinnamon sticks for garnish
  • 1 slice orange peel (optional)
  • sweetener of choice (optional)

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a saucepan and bring the mixture to a low boil on medium heat.
  • Turn heat to low and simmer for about 20-30 minutes. 
  • Strain and serve warm. Taste and add your favorite sweetener, if using.
  • Pour into glasses or mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Serve immediately.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

This pomegranate and apple mocktail can be stored in the refrigerator for about 2-3. It can easily be reheated or you can enjoy it cold.
 
© Pastry Wishes

Easy Apple Chips

Sweet, crunchy, healthy and delicious! Apple chips are so simple to make at home and the best thing is you DON’T need a dehydrator!

Easy Apple Chips

I usually make apple chips in the fall when I want something sweet to snack on, but healthy, too! 

This recipe has only 2 ingredients: apples & ground cinnamon! They’re baked, NOT fried, so they’re incredibly healthy. They’re also a great lunch box snack for kids! 

Easy Apple Chips

What’s the best apple for apple chips?

I like sweet apples for this recipe, but just about any apple will do. Some varieties have more moisture than others, which will affect the baking time and the color of the chips after they’re baked. 

How do you cut apple chips?

The thinner the slices, the crispier they become. Thick slices will not get crunchy, like chips should be! That’s why I always use a mandoline slicer to make them paper thin. If you don’t have one, you can just slice them with a sharp knife, but make sure you slice them as thinly as you possibly can. 

How long does it take to make easy apple chips?

The key to making apple chips is to bake them slowly at a low temperature. I found that baking them at 250 °F / 120°C for about 2 – 2 1/2 hours is ideal. Another factor that affects the baking time is the variety of apples you choose and how much moisture they have. Some varieties need more time in the oven. 

Can I add anything to the apple slices before I bake them?

Sure! You can add some sugar or brown sugar, or you can try one of the following variations:

  • Lightly sprinkle them with freshly grated nutmeg.
  • Brush each slice with honey or maple syrup.

Easy Apple Chips

 

HOW TO MAKE APPLE CHIPS IN 4 EASY STEPS

STEP 1: PREPARE YOUR APPLES

Wash and dry your apples. 

STEP 2: SLICE YOUR APPLES

Cut the top off the apples. Using a mandoline slicer and starting from the top, carefully slice your apples as thin as possible. By slicing them this way, each one will have a cute little “star” inside! You can core them if you like, but you won’t get the beautiful design in the middle! 

STEP 3: PREPARE YOUR BAKING TRAY

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place each slice on it, making sure that the slices don’t overlap.

STEP 4: BAKE

Sprinkle the slices with cinnamon and bake for about 2- 3 hours, flipping the slices over halfway. Turn off the oven when done and keep the chips inside. The slices will become crispier as they cool off.

What goes with apple chips?   

There are lots of ways to enjoy apple chips, depending on your mood.

If you want to stay healthy…

enjoy them straight out of the oven!

If you’re feeling more adventurous…

serve them with oatmeal or dip them in Greek yogurt topped with walnuts, raisins, and honey!

If you’re feeling naughty…

dip them in Nutella or pour some melted chocolate or caramel sauce over them (with a scoop or 2 of vanilla ice cream on the side)!

P.S. No matter what mood you’re in, these apple chips tend to disappear fast!

Please let me know how these easy apple chips turned out for you in the comments! I would love to hear from you!

EASY APPLE CHIPS

Sweet, crunchy, healthy and delicious! Apple chips are so simple to make at home and the best thing is you DON’T need a dehydrator!
Course: Snack

Ingredients

  • 2 medium apples
  • 1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 120°C / 250 °F.
  • Wash and dry the apples.
  • Cut the top off the apples. Starting from the top, carefully slice your apples as
    thin as possible using a mandoline slicer or a sharp knife. You can core them, if you like
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place each slice on it, making sure that the slices don’t overlap.
  • Sprinkle the slices with cinnamon and bake for about 2- 3 hours, flipping the slices over halfway. 
  • Turn off the oven when done and keep the chips inside. The slices will become crispier as they cool off.
  • Store them in an airtight container right away.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  1. Apple chips can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.
  2. They are best the day they are made because they lose their crispiness as days pass. If they become soft, you can put them back in the oven at 100 ° C / 212 °F, for about 15 -20 minutes and allow them to cool in the oven.
©Pastry Wishes