Did you catch this one?
In a recent study, “An extract of the whole [pomegranate] – including pith, peel and seeds – was given to 60 volunteers every day for a month in the form of a capsule.
Researchers monitored the activity of chemicals in their bodies compared with those who took a placebo. They found a significant decrease in a marker associated with cell damage, which can cause impaired brain, muscle, liver and kidney function as well as aging effects on the skin.
This decrease – a hitherto unknown benefit of consuming pomegranate – is thought to slow down the oxidation, or ‘rusting’, of the DNA in cells which naturally occurs over time, according to researchers at the private ProbelteBio laboratory in Murcia, Spain.
They are found in small quantities in the juice but mainly in the inedible rind, husk and white pith which has been harnessed into a pill and a drink.”
We don’t know about you, but we know what we’re mixing over the holidays….
Oprah’s Pomegranate Martini
1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
2 ounces Absolut Citron vodka or white tequila
1 ounce Cointreau liquor
Cup of ice
Splash of sparkling water (optional)
Squeeze of lemon (optional)
Shake ingredients in a shaker and put in chilled martini glasses. Put pomegranate fruit into glass as garnish.
Ginger Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail
1 cup Pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 inch-thick slice fresh ginger
4 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon of orange liqueur like Contreau or Grand Marnier
1 750-ml bottle brut Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
Combine pomegranate juice, sugar and ginger in a pan over high heat until mixture is reduced to 1/3 of a cup. Stir constantly. Set aside until cool. In each glass pour 4 tsp of pomegranate syrup, 1 tbsp orange juice, and 1/4 tsp orange liqueur into each of four Champagne flutes. Top off with champagne or sparkling wine.
1/4 Cup of Pomegranate Juice
2 ounces light rum or white rum
1 tablespoon of superfine sugar of simple syrup
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
club soda or seltzer water
In a cocktail glass muddle the mint (with a muddler or a fork), to release the mint fragrance. In a cocktail shaker add the rum, pomegranate juice, lime juice, sugar and ice. Shake well. In the mint cocktail glass, now filled with a handful of ice, strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass. Garnish with a lime twist.
Serves: 1 (This recipe also lends itself for groups — just adjust the ingredients to the number of guests, and mix it in a pitcher.)