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Mocktail of the Week: Pomegranate orange non-alcoholic sangria

Sure, a glass of wine or a beer is a nice way to unwind, but every now and then, you deserve a happy hour that's a little more...hmmm. What's the word? Refined! We love sharing a new cocktail — or in this case, a mocktail — with you every week that can be made at home with recipes that are both easy and delicious! This recipe is courtesy of Christy Goff from Pacific Medical Centers.

A wonderful way to still enjoy this delightful, fruity beverage if you are a non-drinker or trying to cut down your consumption. The black tea offers the acidy that is missed from the wine along with a plethora of citrus fruits to enjoy –like the blood orange you see above. Celebrate the cooler weather with this tasty treat.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 black tea bags (or 2 teaspoons loose-leaf tea in an infuser; decaf tea is fine)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 oz.) pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1 medium orange, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 medium lime, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 medium apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • Carbonated water (about 1 can to top off glasses with)

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. Pour the boiling water over tea bags and cinnamon sticks and steep for five minutes
  2. In a large jar or pitcher, combine pomegranate juice, orange juice with orange, lemon, lime and apple slices
  3. Muddle the fruit slides by pushing them up against the pitcher wall with a big spoon a few times
  4. Add cooled tea
  5. Mix and serve over ice
  6. Just before serving, stir in carbonated water or top off each glass with 1/4 cup of carbonated water (flavor-free or lime, lemon, ginger or orange)

Recipe modified by PacMed registered dietitians from www.thekitchn.com.

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