Pomegranate Apple Cider Spritzer

This easy pomegranate apple cider spritzer is made with 5 ingredients and is perfect for parties!

Pomegranate Apple Cider Spritzer - an easy party drink by Lisa Lin of Healthy Nibbles & Bits

When my sister asked me to host our family Thanksgiving dinner this year, I really had no idea what I was in for. I usually cook for two, not fourteen people. I don’t think I even own fourteen plates! Planning the menu is a struggle. All I have penciled in are the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and a pie for the traditional Thanksgiving fare. I still haven’t figured out any Mama Lin friendly foods (i.e., Chinese food) or dishes that my niece and nephews would eat. Young ones are picky with their food!

Eek! I was in desperate need for a drink, and that’s how this pomegranate apple cider spritzer happened.

This fruity delight packs quite the punch, but it’s also something that I know my family will enjoy. Mama Lin always boasts that she has a good tolerance for alcohol, but to be honest, I’ve never seen her drink. Come Thanksgiving time, operation Tipsy Mama Lin is a go, and I hope she enjoys this little spritzer as much as I do!

Pomegranate Apple Cider Spritzer - an easy party drink by Lisa Lin of Healthy Nibbles & Bits
Pomegranate Apple Cider Spritzer - an easy party drink by Lisa Lin of Healthy Nibbles & Bits

MASTER MY MISTAKES / COOKING NOTES

  • Use Limes, Not Lemons: As I was testing many batches of this drink (and getting everyone buzzed along the way), I decided to make a version with lemon juice instead of lime juice. My friends and I much preferred the version with lime juice because it added an element of sour that the drink needed.
  • Use Fresh Pomegranate Juice, If Possible: Let’s take advantage of fresh pomegranates while they’re in season! The drink is much more refreshing when you use fresh juice, and the bottled versions tend to have added sugar in them. Making your own juice is easier than you think! Just follow my tutorial on how to make fresh pomegranate juice.  Note that 5 large pomegranates will yield about 2 cups of juice. Here’s a video, tutorial, too!

  • Simple Syrup: Initially, I planned to add cinnamon simple syrup into this drink, but everyone commented that it made the drink too sweet. If any of you experiment with adding simple syrup, let me know!

Pomegranate Apple Cider Spritzer - an easy party drink by Lisa Lin of Healthy Nibbles & Bits

Pomegranate Apple Cider Spritzer

This recipe serves 2. You can easily double or even triple the ingredients to create a larger batch for parties.

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) pomegranate juice (fresh or bottled)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) unsweetened apple cider
  • 2 TBS freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 oz (90ml) vodka
  • ice cubes
  • 1/3 cup (155ml) club soda
  • sprigs of rosemary for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place a few ice cubes in a shaker. Pour in pomegranate juice, apple cider, lime juice, and vodka. Shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into two glasses and top each drink with half of the club soda. Garnish with fresh sprigs of rosemary.

Notes

I used this all-in-one OXO Steel Cocktail Shaker to make this drink. There are definitely cheaper shakers out there, but I like that this one has a built-in strainer and jigger measurements etched in the cap. (The link to the shaker is an affiliate link. Thanks for making any purchases through that link!)

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39 thoughts on “Pomegranate Apple Cider Spritzer

  1. David @ Spiced
    How fun and festive is this drink?? I'm totally going to make a batch of this for the holidays. I love pomegranates, but I dont think I've ever used them in a drink. Awesome idea, Lisa!
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    1. Lisa Post author
      Thanks, David! Yea, pomegranates are awesome. I tend to make too many drinks with cranberry juice around this time of the year, so I thought I'd switch it up!
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  2. Liz @ Floating Kitchen
    I'm dying over the color of this cocktail. And I'm having a good laugh over the "Tipsy Mamma Lin" comment. So funny! I hope Mamma Lin enjoys a few of these at Thanksgiving. I just pressed apple cider yesterday at a friends orchard, so I've got a couple gallons ready to be used in this drink!
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    1. Lisa Post author
      I bet that fresh apple cider was positively delicious!! I haven't visited an apple orchard in years. I guess it's too late now, but I need to go next fall!
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  3. traci | vanilla and bean
    Love the flavors in this sipper, Lisa! No doubt fresh pom is the best and well worth the effort! Mama Lin will be proud, and I'm sure will be sippin on this beauty. You are a brave woman hosting for such a large group! Can't wait to hear how it goes! :D
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    1. Lisa Post author
      The dinner party has gone down in size a bit since I last spoke to my sister, so the dinner should be a bit more manageable now! We'll see how it goes!
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  4. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor
    Gosh, this drink is gorgeous! I love pomegranate and pick them fresh my backyard this time of the year so I love finding new recipes. Hosting Thanksgiving can be stressful but I know that you will do an amazing job. All of your recipes are delicious so I'm sure there will be something for everyone.
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  5. Julia
    Just the thought of cooking for 14 makes my blood pressure rise, ha! I'd have a difficult time following through with that request, although I could totally make drinks for 14, ha! These spritzers are soooo gorgeous! And I bet they taste so fresh with the pomegranate-cider combo. These are definitely on my to make (or shake?) list :)
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  6. Kelly
    Good luck with hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year! Haha and getting Mama Lin tipsy! This drink is so festive and beautiful! So easy to lose track of how many someone's had :)
    Reply
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