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Persian Pomegranate Sangria (Kosher Drink Recipe)

pomegranate sangria recipe kosherIf your guests aren’t in the mood to celebrate before they have a sip of this fruity pomegranate sangria, they will be after. As presented, the recipe makes up to 15 servings, but you can easily prepare a few batches to satisfy the guests at an intimate backyard or apartment balcony wedding.

Huppahs.com thanks Marlene, the founder and creative force behind The Jewish Hostess (thejewishhostess.com) for allowing us to share this recipe with you here. The recipe was originally submitted to The Jewish Hostess by Joy Betesh, so a big thanks to Joy, too!

Have you ever seeded a pomegranate? If you have, you know it can be a tricky, messy business. The Jewish Hostess provides tips and a video at How to Seed a Pomegranate for Rosh Hashanah: Two Techniques.

Ingredients for Persian Pomegranate Sangria

Yield: 13 to 15 eight-ounce cups of sangria

pomegranateFor Syrup:

  • 8 cups cold water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 large cinnamon sticks
  • 4 star anise
  • 1 vanilla pod, split in half

For Sangria:

  • 1 1/2 to 2 bottles red wine, chilled in refrigerator
  • 8 cups pomegranate juice, chilled in refrigerator
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 whole pomegranate, seeded (How to Seed a Pomegranate for Rosh Hashanah: Two Techniques)
  • 1 orange, sliced into thin rounds, then cut in half into semi-circles
  • 1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds, then cut in half into semi-circles

For serving:

  • Ice
  • Fresh mint leaves

Instructions for Persian Pomegranate Sangria

  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine water, sugar, cloves, cinnamon stick, star anise and split vanilla pod.
  2. Bring to a rapid boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a low heat and simmer, uncovered, about 15 minutes to dissolve sugar and create a thin syrup.
  3. Turn off heat and let sit 20 minutes to cool to room temperature and to allow the ingredients to marinate.
  4. Strain over fine mesh strainer into a large punch bowl or pitcher.
  5. Pour in chilled wine, pomegranate juice, and lime juice. Mix well.
  6. Add pomegranate seeds, orange, and lemon slices and mix again.
  7. Serve in glasses with a sprig of fresh mint and 1 or 2 cubes of ice in each.

Make-Ahead Options

You can prepare the sangria through step 4 the day before serving, even letting the mix marinate more than 20 minutes before straining it. Keep the strained punch in the refrigerator overnight. Add the remaining ingredients as the time for serving approaches.

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Do a Favor for Your Guests and a Good Cause

When planning your wedding, consider skipping the traditional favors and using the money instead to make a donation to your favorite charitable organization in your guests’ honor. On the table where guests would normally look for a favor, tell your guests about the donation with stylish tzedakah cards. Free printable tzedakah card templates.

This is an excerpt from an article I wrote that originally appeared in Washington Jewish Week’s 2011 Wonderful Weddings guide.

Sometime between Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden and the rise of Martha Stewart, giving favors to your wedding guests became an expected custom. The wedding industry offers many choices, including small picture frames, candles, and organza-wrapped candies, but finding the right favor can be tricky.

You want a gift that adequately expresses your gratitude to your guests without straining your budget. Favors generally cost between $1.25 and $3.50, but multiply the price times the number of guests and the cost adds up quickly. Moreover, you want a favor that looks worthy of a place on your reception table. That’s a lot to ask from $3.50, let alone $1.25. In the post-wedding analysis, brides and grooms often look back and wonder if their wedding favors were worth the effort and expense.

If you want to honor your guests in a way that you know will make a difference, forgo the favors. Instead, make a donation to an organization or cause that is important to you, and do it in honor of your guests.

Giving charity, tzedakah, is always a wonderful idea, but in tight economic times your gift can make an especially big difference to a cause that is important to you. Honoring your guests with a gift that impacts the larger community is a way to spread your wedding joy.

The size of the donation is up to you and the constraints of your budget. As a rule of thumb, three percent of the wedding budget goes to favors. If you plan to redirect this money toward a charitable contribution and your overall wedding budget is $10,000, the amount of the donation would be $300.

Let your guests know about the donation in a simple, inexpensive, stylish way. On the table where guests would normally look for the favor, place a card that tells them about the gift. You can create a tzedakah card for only a few pennies, and creating a card that fits the feeling of your wedding and looks great on the table is easy. Depending on the method you chose to make the cards, you can do it in less time than it takes to lasso candy into bundles of organza.

This article has been turned into fundraising flyers that can be used by charitable organizations to encourage donations.
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8 Pomegranate Red Wedding Details

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Pomegranate Template

The Jewish significance of pomegranates dates back centuries. Many Torah scholars believe that the pomegranate, not the apple, was Eden’s forbidden fruit. The pomegranate wedding details here include three Jewish wedding items (center column, from top to bottom): a kiddush cup, challah cover, and kippah (yarmulke).

My next two posts will be recipes for the Champagne Pomegranate Cocktail and the Pomegranate and Pear Salad shown in the left-hand column, so stay tuned…

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