There are several reasons why Fall is my favorite season: the changing leaves, the damp cool air, leggings and boots, squashes galore, and cozying up with my  favorite reading blanket with a big mug of something warm and awesome.

One of my favorite drinks would have to be cider.  Something about the comforting aromas of cinnamon and spices immersed in fresh apple juice seems soothing for any soul on any occasion.

When the cool folks at POM sent me over a case their awesome pomegranate juice the first thing that came to mind was making a mulled cider out of it.  The tartness of the pomegranate blends harmoniously with the splendied sweetness of apples — a pair made in heaven, cider heaven specifically.

This is not only an easy recipe but an awesome one — great for parties, get togethers, or in my case, just because.  Cider should always be enjoyed on a cool fall night.  Sit outside with your beau or friends and let the comforting aromas of spices fill your nose and warm your hands.  Maybe throw in a kumbaya somewhere in there and you’ve got yourself a party!

Ingredients for POM Mulled Cider:

  • 1 gallon fresh cider
  • 3 cups POM pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 5 cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 piece of ginger, cut about 1/2 inch thick

Pour the cider and POM in a large pot and place on stove at high heat.  Add the sugar and spices and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, lower the heat to a simmer for 15 minutes — this allows the infusion of the spices. Remove the spices and ladel the cider into mugs, serve immediately.


  1. [email protected] says: 11 Oct ’10 • 08:39:37

    I love you pictures.. I would love a cup of this cider right about now!


  2. Ali @ Three Baking Sheets says: 11 Oct ’10 • 09:47:18

    Fall food + drink is such a sensory experience: the warmth in your hands, the aromas, the tastes. So comforting! Your POM mulled cider looks (and probably tastes and smells) lovely. Really gorgeous pics, too.

    I’m late to the leggings party but I think I’d like to give them a go this season.


  3. lemonsandanchovies says: 11 Oct ’10 • 12:21:39

    Love your pictures, Joy, and I like the combination of cider and pomegranate juice. I just finished working on my POM post, too, but I didn’t photograph mine as nicely as you did. :-)


  4. Brie says: 11 Oct ’10 • 15:22:47

    yum, such a delicious combination. and your photos are as stunning as always. thanks for this unique autumn drink.


  5. Sneh Roy says: 11 Oct ’10 • 20:49:11

    Love love love your photos!


  6. Kristen says: 12 Oct ’10 • 00:20:53

    I’m definitely not the first to say this but your photos are GORGEOUS!


  7. Alison @ Hospitality Haven says: 13 Oct ’10 • 15:28:00

    That sounds absolutely delicious!!


  8. Patrick @ appetite for good says: 13 Oct ’10 • 19:18:48

    I have a better POM recipe on my site. The creator also takes better pictures than you. My friend should be published in Saveur or Food and Wine Mag. You should check out my POM jello shot recipe. It DESTROYS yours.

    FYI i like the creator of that recipe than you. :p

    ok make me a chicken fried steak. thank you

    gracias homie


    • Patrick @ appetite for good says: 13 Oct ’10 • 19:26:49

      wait that previous post wasnt even english.

      but bottom line is i like the creator of our pom recipe more than you. hollaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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  10. Kulsum at JourneyKit says: 30 May ’11 • 07:36:05

    Oh this is GOOD! Its pretty close to something similar I make with beetroot, where I use a little lemon juice instead of cider. Beautiful post as always.


  11. Joy Zhang says: 25 Oct ’10 • 19:07:25

    Thank you Evan :)


  12. Joy Zhang says: 25 Oct ’10 • 19:08:37

    Ali you are totally right — Fall Food is all about the sensory experience, maybe that’s why I love the season so much!

    I like leggings because I wear boots a lot that and because I live in Texas where cold is around 50F hee hee :)


  13. Joy Zhang says: 25 Oct ’10 • 19:09:23

    Jean you are always so sweet — you are a lovely photographer as well!!!


  14. Joy Zhang says: 25 Oct ’10 • 19:09:51

    Thank you Brie :)


  15. Joy Zhang says: 25 Oct ’10 • 19:10:01

    Thanks Sneh!!!


  16. Joy Zhang says: 25 Oct ’10 • 19:10:14

    Thank you Kristen for the kind words :)


  17. Joy Zhang says: 25 Oct ’10 • 19:10:25

    Thanks Alison!!


  18. Joy Zhang says: 25 Oct ’10 • 19:10:39

    I worry about you…often.


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