The Sauce: Spiced Cherry Juice – This drink sauce has cherry pomegranate juice with spices mulled to infuse it with flavor. It can be served hot or cold. It could also be added to a holiday punch.
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Vernon. She used brandy rather than the more common whiskey plus sugar and spices. This virgin version without spirits, is simmered with the traditional whole spices.
Served hot on a chilly, wet spring evening, it warms me through. My thoughts turn to the off and on beautiful spring weather that will soon be all on. Chilled and served with ice and a splash of fizz, it’s a full-bodied celebration punch for Cherry Blossom season.
It’s also an inviting and colorful alternative to the traditional mulled apple cider frequently served during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. Cheers!
Recipe: Virgin Cherry Bounce
Prep Time: 2 Min | Inactive Time: 30 Min | Cook Time: 13 Min | Yield: 1 Quart | Level: Easy
- 32 oz Pomegranate Cherry 100% Juice
- 1 cinnamon stick, plus more for serving
- 1/4 fresh nutmeg seed
- 3 wholes cloves
- 4 Tbsp sugar
- ginger ale, club soda or sparkling water
- 1 8-oz jar maraschino cherries
1 Place pomegranate cherry juice, spices and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil then simmer for 10 minutes to infuse the spices. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Strain the spices.
2 Chill for 30 minutes and serve cold with ice, 3-6 maraschino cherries per glass and a splash of ginger ale, club soda or sparkling water. Serve hot with a cinnamon stick for stirring.
If using ground spices as suggested in the Dish Designer, pour the juice through cheesecloth to remove the spices.
There are two groups of tart or pie cherries. Morellos are rich, dark-skinned cherries that have a red-mahogany skin with dark red flesh. These cherries have red juice and are more tart than Amarelle cherries, the light-skinned cherries. Amarelles have dusty rose colored skins. They are less tart than Morellos and therefore require less sugar. Their flesh has very little coloring and some varieties have clear juice. Maraschinos were originally made from Mascara cherries, a variety of Amarelles.
Nutmeg is grown on Myristica trees in the Spice Islands of Indonesia. The nutmeg seeds are on the inside of the fruit similar to a pit. Usually ground and best ground fresh, this recipe uses a small piece of the nutmeg seed to infuse the beverage with a lightly sweet but exotic flavor. This is the only tropical tree that produces two spices, nutmeg and mace. Mace surrounds the nutmeg seed.
Served hot, it’s a mulled cherry beverage for chilly spring evenings. This is a alternative to traditional mulled apple cider and a harbinger for perfect spring weather. Serve this at Christmastime for a colorful warm spiced beverage in a mug.
- Exchange nutmeg seed for 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg.
- Exchange whole cloves for 1/4 tsp ground cloves.
- Exchange cinnamon stick for 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon.
Inspiration – Saucy Cuisine Kitchen
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Written by Helen Horton
Photographs by Helen Horton
Updated: April 5, 2013