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!

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Red, White and Blueberry Blender

Smoothies all around!!

Two glasses of a refreshing Red, White and Blueberry Blender.

That’s right. Due to my current state, we’re going to forego the boozy drink recipe for this Friday before the Fourth of July and instead sip on a delicious, HEALTHY Red, White and Blueberry Blender. Sound good? Glad you’re on board with me.


Let’s get real for a minute: TBH, I was really nervous to stop posting boozy drinks every week once I got pregnant because they happen to be some of my most popular posts (y’all love your cocktails!) I eased into it by posting some drinks that have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options (don’t worry, those will still be making regular appearances) and, to my surprise, those recipes were still getting lots of love.

Also, a selfish part of me has been really missing cocktails these days, so I have been really into creating mocktails that are just as delicious. Because, at the end of my often crazy busy days, this gal just really needs a delicious beverage to kick her feet up and enjoy!

A glass of healthy Red, White and Blueberry Blender garnished with a fresh strawberry.

So, to celebrate the Fourth of July this week, I had this grand idea to create something along the lines of a patriotic version of this Twisted Tropical Blender. Alas, that turned into a massive recipe fail (I just couldn’t get the measurements/ratios of red-to-white-to-blue right) and so here I was with loads of berries and coconut cream and nothing to show for it.

But you know what? My new mantra lately has been to, in the words of Taylor Swift, “shake it off” and not stress too much about things not going quite as I had planned, so I decided to get creative and instead make a delicious, berry-licious smoothie that’s super easy to make and that everyone will love.

Look at it this way: With all of the delicious, indulgent foods you’ll be enjoying over the next four days (and trust me, I’ll be sharing some with you soon,) you’re going to be needing something simple and healthy like this Red, White and Blueberry Blender to balance everything out. You know I’m all about that balance!

An overhead shot of two Red, White and Blueberry Blenders garnished with fresh strawberries and flaked coconut.

I mean, if you start your day with a smoothie, that gives you freedom to indulge just a little bit more for your other meals of the day, am I right?

So here’s the deal, you’re going to want to hit up your local TJ’s (or favorite grocery store) and stock up on all of the frozen berries you can find. I used blueberries, cherries and strawberries, but if you feel like subbing in raspberries or blackberries, by all means, go for it!

Then you’re going to want to get some coconut cream. We’re not talking Coco Lopez here, which is loaded with sugar, but rather the thicker version of coconut milk. I know Trader Joe’s has a good generic brand, and you can also find it on Amazon here.

Aside from frozen berries, coconut cream and ice, there’s just one secret ingredient to this Red, White and Blueberry Blender that really takes it over the top: my favorite new mocktail addition, orgeat! Orgeat is a sweet syrup made from almonds and either orange or rose water. I’ve been totally digging it in things like this Pineapple Orgeat Fizz and it’s definitely worth adding a bottle to your next Amazon Prime order to have on hand for all your summer cocktail and mocktail needs.

The Red, White and Blueberry Blender is the perfect healthy yet festive way to celebrate the Fourth of July!

Throw everything in a blender, and you’ll have a fancy, festive and healthy smoothie in your hands in no time. If you ask me, there’s no better way to kick off a day at the beach or lounging by the pool!

Two glasses of a refreshing Red, White and Blueberry Blender.
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Red, White and Blueberry Blender
Prep Time
5 mins
 

This smoothie is the perfect festive, healthy treat for the Fourth of July, full of fresh berry and coconut flavor, plus a secret ingredient!

Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Servings: 2 smoothies
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 1 13.5 ounce can coconut cream
  • 3 cups frozen berries (I used blueberries, strawberries and cherries)
  • 1 tablespoon orgeat
  • 1/2 cup ice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until combined. Divide mixture evenly among two glasses and garnish each one with a fresh strawberry.

Red, White and Blueberry Blender | CaliGirlCooking.com

Honey Citrus Detox Elixir

Because sometimes you just need a drink that makes you feel GOOD.

Honey Citrus Detox Elixir | CaliGirlCooking.com
This is another in a series of posts I’ve done in partnership with Sonoma Syrup Co. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make CaliGirl Cooking possible!

I’m mixing things up today by bringing you what I believe turned out to be a phenomenal “mocktail.” This Honey Citrus Detox Elixir will leave you feeling healthy, refreshed and energized for whatever your day has in store for you.  It’s good for both your body and your tastebuds, and I promise you won’t even notice that there’s no alcohol involved.

What IS involved is Sonoma Syrup Co.’s Organic Apple Cider Infused Drinking Vinegar, which I have fallen deeply in love with ever since I started my partnership with them almost a year ago. Funny story about said apple cider vinegar: when I first got my hands on a bottle, I got so excited by seeing the words “with Lemon and Vanilla” in small print on the label that I quickly took a big glug to taste. Mmmmm…not the smartest move. It tasted like a darn good version of apple cider vinegar, but it was still vinegar and my face proceeded to screw up into a tight pucker.


BUT, the next morning, I added it to my usual lemon water concoction (let me know if you’re interested in seeing the recipe!) and O.M.G. Amaze-balls. Seriously, when combined with everything else and warmed up a little bit, it actually made my morning libation pleasing to sip on rather than chugging it all down as quickly as possible.

So, when Sonoma Syrup Co. approached me about making a drink using their Organic Apple Cider Infused Drinking Vinegar, I jumped at the chance. I was so excited to try out some other flavor combinations to showcase the uniqueness of this product, and this Honey Citrus Detox Elixir is the ultra-tasty, body cleansing result.

Honey Citrus Detox Elixir | CaliGirlCooking.com

To give you a quick overview, apple cider vinegar has been on the up-and-up in the health and wellness scenes for the last couple of years, and for good reason. It promotes healthy cholesterol, can aid in weight loss and improves nutrient absorption, among other things. Experts in the health community recommend anywhere from one teaspoon to one tablespoon per day (best if mixed with water or other liquids,) so mix up a Honey Citrus Detox Elixir and you’ll have all of the recommended ACV (along with a healthy dose of Vitamin C from the oranges and lemon) that you need in a day.

I used all-natural products for this elixir, no artificial or processed ingredients whatsoever. We’re talking fresh squeezed OJ and lemon juice (many thanks to our landlords who decided to plant a plethora of citrus trees on our property a couple of years ago,) local honey for some sweetness, and turmeric and cinnamon to add even more anti-inflammatory and metabolism-boosting benefits.

Honey Citrus Detox Elixir | CaliGirlCooking.com

I don’t know about you, but I think I may be turning to a Honey Citrus Detox Elixir as my drink of choice a bit more often for the foreseeable future. You know I’m all about that balance after all, and when there’s a non-alcoholic option that’s THIS good, you’ll hardly even miss the buzz, and won’t even have to worry about a hangover tomorrow morning!

Honey Citrus Detox Elixir | CaliGirlCooking.com
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Honey Citrus Detox Elixir
Prep Time
5 mins
 

A fun, healthy and delicious mocktail that will boost your metabolism and deliver a healthy punch of Vitamin C, the perfect drink for this time of year!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 drink
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice (the juice from about 3 oranges)
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Sonoma Syrup Co. Organic Apple Cider Infused Drinking Vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds, then pour into a glass. If honey sticks to bottom of cocktail shaker, simply scoop out and stir into the poured drink (as much as possible.)

Honey Citrus Detox Elixir | CaliGirlCooking.com

 

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