Thursday, November 20, 2008

Festive Fruit Juice Cocktail


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Its the season for fresh fruits, with Plums, Pomegranates, Apples, Cranberries and more filling up the stalls at the farmers' market! And one of the easiest ways to enjoy the flavor and health benefits of fruits is by juicing them and drinking them down. Though Cocktails are more preferred on festive occasions, fresh fruit mocktails have a charm of their own! Using some fresh POM pomegranates, plums, raspberries, cranberries and some pineapple, we enjoyed blending them all together to make this beautiful red Juice Cocktail. Pleasing to they eyes, you can even pass it off as a Wine cocktail! It had the perfect balance of sweet and tart, and the small dose of juicy pulp that you can only get from fresh fruits! Healthy, festive and fancy enough to be served at any Holiday Dinner, I might just have found the refreshing Thanksgiving drink recipe I was looking for!

Ingredients
Makes 4 servings
1 cup POM juice or 1 fresh Pomegranate
4 large plums - de-seeded and chopped
1/2 cup chopped pineapple
1/2 cup cranberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/4 cup water
1 tsp lemon juice (optional)
sugar (optional, if needed)

Method
Remove the seeds if using fresh pomegranates. Blend them alone to extract juice, then pass through a strainer to get clear Pomegranate juice

Now mix all the other ingredients along with the POM juice and blend well to make a smooth Puree. Check for taste, and add the lemon juice and sugar if required. Add water as needed, but just enough to blend the fruits; don't make it too liquid!

Then strain the juice through a fine sieve, especially to remove pomegranate and raspberry seeds.

Pour the festive fall Juice Cocktail into serving glasses. Garnish with a lime wedge if you like, and enjoy!

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Spiced Cranberry Plum Sauce
Pomegranate Martini
Beetroot Juice

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