Happy Halloweeeeeeeeen! I’m a big scaredy cat, so I steer clear of scary books, movies and events. You won’t see me going into a haunted house or haunted maze. Are you kidding me?! A maze. A thing designed to trap you inside. Some people think that isn’t anxiety-inducing enough so they go ahead and add spooky noises and things that jump out at you? No thanks. I have nightmares after just hearing movie titles like Cabin in the Woods or The Conjuring. Something I am on board with, though, is making bloody scenes with all-natural, delicious ingredients to celebrate Halloween. I wanted to make something that could easily fit into the spooky category of Halloween, but wouldn’t give me or anyone else nightmares.
Pomegranates provide that deep red color that can be equally beautiful and eerie. Eerily beautiful? Perfect for a yummy Halloween with just the slightest hint of scare and gore. Serve this up in a cauldron and call it Witch’s Brew, or get some fancy goblets and call it Chilled Sparkling Blood. This delightful beverage can make an appearance at all your soirees from now through Christmas, too! It’s so beautiful. Bonus! It’s also very yummy, and fairly healthy. Instead of the typical simple syrup, we have here a honey simple syrup. Yes, honey is still sugar, but get raw honey and you have an unprocessed, natural sweetener that actually has some health benefits. Can you say the same about white cane sugar? Nope.
The pomegranates. Can we just talk about those some more? They’re only in season for a few months out of the year, and those are some of my favorite months. They are considered a superfood because they’re high in vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants, as well as low in calories. The little red gems found inside the pomegranate are called arils, and that is where you find the sweet/tart juice. Thankfully, we can have pomegranate juice all year long because some companies have dedicated themselves to bottling this sweet super juice year round. Grab some pomegranates, tear them open and set them out on your Halloween table for some added decor. If you don’t mind stains, let the juice run out onto your serving platter or tablecloth to create that spooky feel. If you do mind stains, open the pomegranates over the sink while wearing your least favorite shirt.
Have a happy, safe and healthy Halloween!
Pomegranate Vanilla Elixir
makes 6 cups of Elixir
1 cup water
1/2 cup honey
1 vanilla bean
1/4 cup lemon juice
6 cups pomegranate juice
sparkling water or champagne
1. Place the water and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat.
2. Split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise, scrape out the seeds, and place the seeds and pod into the honey water mixture.
3. Cook until the honey is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before using.
4. Combine the honey mixture, lemon juice, and pomegranate juice in a large pitcher.
5. To serve: combine 1 part Pomegranate Elixir and 1 part Sparkling Water or Champagne. Serve chilled or over ice.
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with POM, The Pomegranate Council, or sponsored in any way. I just love the beauties. I wouldn’t mind a sponsorship, though!