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Pomegranate Cider Punch

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  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 3 cups sparkling pomegranate italian soda
  • 1 cup ginger ale or ginger beer which will make it have a little toast!
  • 1 cup seltzer plain or flavored of your choice
  • 1/2 cup autumn simple syrup recipe below
  • 2 to 3 apples thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
  • 3 to 4 cinnamon sticks plus extra for garnish
  • cinnamon sugar for the rim

autumn simple syrup

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • a few slices of orange rind



  • Stir the ingredients together gently and taste. All ginger beers can be different, so you may want to add more simple syrup or cider if yours is super spicy. You can also use ginger ale, but in that case you may want LESS simple syrup than what is called for. You can always add more syrup if you’d like!
  • Place sugar (about 1/3 cup) and cinnamon (1 teaspoon or so) on a plate. Rim each glass with a wedge of orange or lime and dip in the sugar. Add the ice to the glass.
  • Serve the punch over crushed ice (this is important!) and garnish with extra pomegranate arils.

autumn simple syrup

  • Combine all ingredients together in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. You can store this in the fridge for a few days – I keep the spices and rind in the syrup for flavor, but remove right before using.

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