Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch

It’s been far too long since I’ve brought out the ‘booch.

This Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch is the perfect non-alcoholic batch drink to serve a crowd during the holidays.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still as in love with it as ever, but I was told by my OB that I should be careful about consuming kombucha while pregnant (which is slightly odd seeing as I have other friends whose docs told them it was good for them) but I just couldn’t help myself with this Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch!


When you can’t consume alcohol, you’ve got to get creative with how you enjoy your festive beverages. As a die-hard bubbles lover, I’m the first to use a delicious sparkling wine as my punch base when I’m not pregnant (case in point: this Sparkling Pomegranate Party Punch I made last year) so naturally I was looking for something that would be a suitable substitute, at least for the next 5 weeks or so.

[Side note: I can’t believe we’re only five-ish weeks away from meeting our little girl!]

Because these days I seem to be getting “sugar headaches” if I consume too much overly sweetened juice, I wanted something that had minimal added sugar. I also wanted some bubbles – because we’ve got to keep things festive somehow! A citrus-y kombucha seemed just the answer.

Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch is the perfect batch mocktail for the holiday season.

I decided to keep with the new season (hello, fall!) by using some of its star produce. While cherries may be on their way out, pomegranates are most certainly on their way in, as are all the citrus fruits. So into my base of citrus kombucha went equal parts pomegranate and cherry juices (which you can find at any Trader Joe’s) and then, to keep my Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch not too basic, I added just a touch of orgeat to add a little extra dimension of flavor.

[Second side note: Orgeat has become a huge favorite mocktail ingredient for me and I highly recommend that you add some to your home bar arsenal ASAP.]

Once you have all the ingredients on hand, your Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch will come together in a snap, which means it’s the perfect batch mocktail to whip up this weekend.

A glass of Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch is the perfect way to kick off the first weekend of fall.

Speaking of which, what are your plans? We have a few birthday parties to attend, but otherwise we’ll be relaxing, watching football, putting together baby stuff and packing our “go” bags for the hospital!

No matter what mischief you’re getting into, I hope you make this Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch a part of it!

Cheers to the weekend with a glass of Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch!

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This Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch is the perfect non-alcoholic batch drink to serve a crowd during the holidays.
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Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch
Prep Time
5 mins
 

This festive punch is full of seasonal flavor and gets a non-alcoholic kick from citrus kombucha. The perfect drink for children and adults alike!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 drink
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces orange- or tangerine-flavored kombucha
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 2 ounces cherry juice
  • 1/2 ounce orgeat
  • Thin orange wedge or wheels, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Fill a tallboy glass with ice.

  2. Add kombucha, pomegranate juice, cherry juice and orgeat and give a little stir.

  3. Garnish with orange wedges or wheels and enjoy!

Citrus, Pomegranate and Cherry Kombucha Punch | CaliGirlCooking.com

From-Scratch Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider

We’re not going to miss out on any of the fall foods this year!

From-Scratch Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider is the perfect drink to take us into fall!

With all of the excitement of pumpkin spice season, I feel like we often forget some of the other amazing produce that really shines this time of year. Yes, squash are plentiful, but let’s not forget about persimmons, pomegranates, Brussels sprouts and, of course APPLES!


Since I feel it’s just a tad too early for all the pumpkin (but don’t worry, it’s coming soon!) I wanted to take advantage of what I feel is a true September fruit and share this delish From-Scratch Slow Cooked Spiced Apple Cider today!

To be honest, I’d never ventured into the homemade apple cider realm before, but since I’m firmly on the wagon this September, I decided now was a better time than any to try my hand at a tasty non-alcoholic sipper. I love a good apple cider (and, let’s be real, I love it even more when I can spike it with some bourbon), but sometimes the store-bought stuff can get a bit too sweet for me.

A warm glass of From-Scratch Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider is all you need on a cool fall day.

In fact, ever since I’ve been pregnant, I’ve noticed I’m much more sensitive to overly sugary drinks. If I have more than one glass of juice or other sweetened beverage, I get a massive headache not unlike you’d get from an actual alcohol hangover. I guess that goes to show that my body doesn’t like too much of anything! Balance my friends, balance.

As I was browsing through homemade apple cider recipes online, I came across a bunch of variations and ultimately decided on a combination that I felt would be uniquely “me.” While I omitted any sort of added sugar (maple syrup, brown sugar, honey, etc.) that other recipes included, I also included what could be called the “secret ingredient” in my homemade boilo hot toddy I make every winter – caraway seeds! Of course, that would be in addition to the requisite cinnamon sticks and cloves. The result was so deliciously spiced and NOT overly sweet, I immediately fell in love!

So here’s the deal on this super-easy From-Scratch Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider:

I used Gala apples because I felt they have a good balance of sweetness and acidity, but you could really use any variety you prefer. If you like things more sour, go for the green apples. If you like things more mellow, go for the red ones, or try a combination of a few different varieties to get a truly unique flavor.

An orange is added for a little extra dimension, and of course the whole spices mentioned above – caraway seeds, cinnamon sticks and cloves. The chunks don’t matter because we’re straining it all out in the end anyhow.

As far as the process goes, our use of the slow cooker means things couldn’t be easier. We simply throw all of the ingredients in together with some high-quality H2O, set it and forget it. I cooked mine on low for 7 hours, but the other great thing about this recipe is it won’t really hurt to leave it in there a little bit longer. Basically, we can start the slow cooker before bed and wake up to delicious hot apple cider, or we can get everything organized in the morning and have a huge batch of apple cider ready to be spiked up a bit for an after-dinner drink 😉

From-Scratch Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider is garnished with fresh apple slices and whole cinnamon sticks.

And if you happen to like your cider a bit on the sweeter side, simply add some maple syrup or honey to taste after you strain all the solids out after the cooking process is done.

Bet you didn’t think a tasty batch of From-Scratch Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider was that easy to whip up, did you?

Delicious From-Scratch Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider ready to be consumed with or without bourbon.

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you have a great weekend! Xx

From-Scratch Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider is the perfect drink to take us into fall!
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From-Scratch Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
7 hr
Total Time
7 hr 5 mins
 

A not-too-sweet homemade version of a favorite fall drink, full of mouthwatering spices and fresh apple flavor and ready in just a few hours.

Course: Drinks
Servings: 6 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 8-10 medium Gala apples, cored and sliced, plus more for garnish
  • 1 orange, cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 10 cups filtered water
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 7 hours.

  2. Strain solids from mixture using a sieve (or cheesecloth) and into a large pitcher. Add more sliced apples and cinnamon sticks. Serve warm (and add bourbon if you want to booze it up!)

From-Scratch Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider | CaliGirlCooking.com

Pomegranate Soda Ice Cream Float

The perfect precursor to the weekend!

Pomegranate Soda Ice Cream Floats are the perfect way to bridge the gap between summer and fall. Plus they're easy and so refreshing!
This post is sponsored by Sonoma Syrup Co.

The perfect drink and dessert all in one, this Pomegranate Soda Ice Cream Float just might have to make an appearance at any end-of-summer festivities you’ll be hosting over the next couple of weekends. Because we can’t say “sayonara” to summer without a proper send-off now, can we?

I’m not sure if I’ve ever shared it here on the blog, but the hubs and I are just a bit obsessed with root beer floats. I’m not too sure what brought our obsession about, I think one day early on in our relationship we were talking about how it had been so long since either of us had enjoyed the favorite childhood dessert, so we then proceeded to go out to the grocery store and get all the fixin’s. Since then, root beer floats have been a go-to special treat for us. So much so that we even served them at our wedding last summer!


So when the folks at Sonoma Syrup Co. asked me to create a fun Labor Day-themed recipe using their Pomegranate Grenadine Simple Syrup, a float was the first thing that came to mind. I mean, who doesn’t want to celebrate the last long weekend of summer with ice cream and the sweet, delicious flavor of pomegranate, which just so happens to be coming into season as we speak? The Pomegranate Soda Ice Cream Float was born.

A Pomegranate Soda Ice Cream Float is the perfect end-of-summer treat to kick off the weekend. And it's so easy to make!

Now, you could be really fancy and whip up some of your own vanilla ice cream for the float, but if you’d rather spend your weekend enjoying friends, family, the outdoors, etc., you’ll be just as well off by grabbing some high-quality premade stuff from your local grocery store.

Aside from the ice cream, all you’ll need for this show-stopper of a recipe is some soda water, Sonoma Syrup Co.’s Pomegranate Grenadine Simple Syrup (the real star of the show) and fresh pomegranate arils to add some festive color and a little tart crunch to the drink.

Fresh pomegranate arils are the perfect topping for these super-easy Pomegranate Soda Ice Cream Floats.

If you haven’t made your own soda before, prepare to have your mind blown. Even if you don’t own a fancy SodaStream, as long as you have a good stock of flavored simple syrups and some bubbly water on hand (store bought is a-ok), you can make a myriad of flavors. All you have to do is stir together the syrup and soda and you have a tasty, refreshing drink in no time at all!

So that’s our first step: mixing together the Pomegranate Grenadine Simple Syrup and some soda water to make the perfect topper for our vanilla ice cream.

The next step is to load up a big glass with said ice cream (I’ll let you decide how much, I know the ratio of ice cream to soda is definitely based on one’s personal preference) and then top with the pre-made soda.

Finally, sprinkle your fresh pomegranate arils over top and be sure to serve your floats with both a straw and a spoon for maximum enjoyment.

All you need to enjoy these easy and delicious Pomegranate Soda Ice Cream Floats are a straw and a spoon!

Whether you mix these up today or wait until Labor Day weekend comes around, I’ll bet there will be no dreading going back to school when there are Pomegranate Soda Ice Cream Floats involved!

Pomegranate Soda Ice Cream Floats are the perfect way to bridge the gap between summer and fall. Plus they're easy and so refreshing!
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Pomegranate Soda Ice Cream Floats
Prep Time
10 mins
 

This new take on the classic float features a delicious pomegranate flavor and fresh vanilla ice cream - the perfect way to send off summer!

Course: Dessert, Drinks
Servings: 2 floats
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 cup soda water
  • 2 tablespoons Sonoma Syrup Co. Pomegranate Grenadine Simple Syrup
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Fresh pomegranate arils, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large measuring cup, gently stir together the soda water and pomegranate simple syrup.

  2. Fill two large glasses with desired amount of vanilla ice cream. Pour even amounts of pomegranate soda over each mound of ice cream.

  3. Garnish with fresh pomegranate arils and serve with both a straw and a spoon!

Pomegranate Soda Ice Cream Floats | CaliGirlCooking.com

Kiwi Coconut Cooler

Hooraaaay for Fridaaaay!

This Kiwi Coconut Cooler is the perfect, refreshing mocktail with a fun hit of color!

And for delicious kiwi-flavored beverages like this Kiwi Coconut Cooler. In fact, if you take nothing else away from this post today, I hope it’s that kiwi purėe is a fantastic, highly underutilized addition to any cocktail or mocktail. Talk about drinking the rainbow!


I’m not going to lie, sometimes it’s a little tricky to continue coming up with fun, new, innovative drink recipes every week, especially when I’m on the no-drinking train (just a few more months!) But if nothing else, I’ve learned that there are almost just as many options for nonalcoholic drinks as there are alcoholic ones, and it’s been pretty darn fun to get creative and see what I can come up with.

My inspiration for a kiwi-based drink initially came from those OG Snapple juices (do they even exist anymore?) I haven’t seen one in ages, but for some reason I kept thinking about the strawberry-kiwi flavored one and whether or not I could make a more natural, less artificially-sweetened version from fresh fruits.

So, I set out to make a kiwi-strawberry mocktail, but once I took inventory of everything I had on hand in my kitchen to make a delicious beverage, I realized I had pulled out a bunch more tropical, coconut-y flavors. Plus, I didn’t want to mess up the color of that vibrant green purėe by trying to muddle in some fresh strawberries. I knew that clear, only slightly cloudy coconut water and milky orgeat would do the trick for not only preserving that bright green color but perhaps even magnifying it. And hey, the taste combo isn’t bad either!

A Kiwi Coconut Cooler is the perfect special, healthy drink for any night of the week.

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t own a juicer, so I have to get creative when I’m mixing up my own fresh fruit juices. For the kiwis, I found that my immersion blender did just the trick to get a nice, juicy purėe that would be easily sippable. I had initially thought I would need to strain out the seeds and other pulp, but everything broke down beautifully and I decided there was something kinda fun about those little black flecks suspended in the drink.

Aside from a boatload of fresh kiwis, the only ingredients you’ll need in order to have a Kiwi Coconut Cooler in your hand in no time are the aforementioned coconut water and orgeat, plus a splash of club soda. Oh, and I couldn’t leave out the strawberries completely, so I threw some on for garnish.

If you’ve had a long week and are currently fortunate enough to partake in boozy beverages, I highly recommend the addition of some white rum to this already tropical-vibe inspiring drink. It’ll get you in summer weekend relaxation mode in no time at all and itching to jump in the pool.

As for my weekend, my mom is coming to town to celebrate my niece’s birthday, and we’ve got a Saturday girls’ brunch date planned which I’m pretty darn excited for. Other than that, we’ll just be continuing to get our house organized and finding places for all of the things we’re acquiring for baby. I can’t believe my due date is just nine weeks away! Nesting mode has finally set in and I’m excited for my travel schedule to die down a bit so I can focus on really getting ready and finding some time to RELAX and enjoy these last few weeks of us being a family of two (well, three with our fur baby.)

Kiwi Coconut Coolers are a fun treat for kids and adults alike!

What are your plans for the weekend? Hoping they involve a Kiwi Coconut Cooler or two!

This Kiwi Coconut Cooler is the perfect, refreshing mocktail with a fun hit of color!
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Kiwi Coconut Cooler
Prep Time
10 mins
 

A vibrant, refreshing cocktail featuring fresh kiwi puree and hydrating coconut water - it tastes just like the tropics! Add rum to make it boozy 😉

Course: Drinks
Servings: 2 cocktails
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 6 kiwis, peeled and purėed with an immersion blender to make about 10 ounces juice
  • 2 ounces orgeat
  • 4 ounces coconut water
  • Club soda, to top
  • Kiwi wheel and fresh strawberry, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Divide kiwi purėe evenly between two tallboy glasses. Add 1 ounce orgeat and 2 ounces coconut water to each glass and stir. 

  2. Fill each glass to the top with ice, then top up with a splash of club soda. 

  3. Garnish each glass with a kiwi slice and strawberry to serve.

Kiwi Coconut Cooler | CaliGirlCooking.com

Tropical Tea Zinger

Time for another round of tea drinks!

Tropical Tea Zinger | CaliGirlCooking.com

I don’t know why (maybe because they’re not that widespread yet?) but I love a good tea cocktail. Whether served cold or hot, I think they’re a fun, semi-healthy way to kick back and relax while enjoying a good drink. This Tropical Tea Zinger is perfect for summer, served cold over ice with the refreshing addition of spicy ginger beer and fresh orange juice.


I first ventured into the world of tea cocktails with this Pineapple Green Tea Martini, which I must say would also be a fantastic one to whip up this time of year when the weather is warm and tropical flavors sound like the best thing ever (and if you can actually drink booze right now!)

Then, during some of the colder months, I ventured into the boozy hot tea category with this Warming Ginger Tea Whiskey Cocktail and this Elder-Berry Tea Cocktail. I love both of these on cool fall or winter afternoons and evenings, which I might mention are just around the corner! [Side note: Has anyone else been seeing pumpkin slowly creeping back onto the scene already? On one hand it feels so soon to me but on the other I can’t wait for everything pumpkin season to arrive!]

This Tropical Tea Zinger is a perfect balance between the cold boozy tea martini and the hot toddy types that we need to shelve for another month or two. It’s cool and refreshing, yet does not contain any of the hard stuff. That being said, I certainly wouldn’t object if you wanted to perk it up a bit with some whiskey 😉

This Tropical Tea Zinger is a refreshing summer mocktail with plenty of spice!

My mom always has some homemade iced tea sitting in her refrigerator whenever I visit, and this time I was excited to find some decaf Lipton Tropical Iced Tea waiting in a huge pitcher. It’s been so refreshing to sip on during this warm weather, I immediately knew I wanted to use it to make this week’s mocktail!

While I love unsweetened iced tea, in order to make it mocktail-worthy I felt like it needed a little sweetness and spice. I turned to my good ol’ non-alcoholic friend, ginger beer, for some unexpected fizz and that gingery tang, and then added some fresh orange juice to sweeten the deal and give the tea a whole other dimension. Let’s just say I immediately fell in love, and I’m pretty sure you would, too.

A tall, refreshing glass of this Tropical Tea Zinger is just what you need on a warm summer's day!

Plus, it’s Friday, which means a Tropical Tea Zinger – whether you booze it up or not – is the perfect way to reward yourself after a long week and kick off a relaxing weekend. I know I’ll be kicking up my feet with a few of these at the ‘rents’ house. What exciting things will you be bringing these Zingers too this weekend??

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Tropical Tea Zinger | CaliGirlCooking.com
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Tropical Tea Zinger
Prep Time
5 mins
 

A refreshing iced tea-based mocktail full of tropical flavor and plenty of zing from spicy ginger beer and fresh-squeezed orange juice.

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 drink
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces Lipton Tropical Iced Tea, brewed and brought to room temperature (or chilled)
  • 2 ounces ginger beer
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • Citrus leaves and an orange wedge, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pour all ingredients into a tall glass filled with ice. Stir gently to combine.

  2. Garnish with citrus leaves and an orange wedge, if desired.

Tropical Tea Zinger | CaliGirlCooking.com