This antioxidant rich, pitcher-perfect drink is fortified with tequila, or mezcal for added smokiness and sweetened naturally with fresh pomegranate juice and a touch of honey.
½ cup honey syrup
½ cup lemon juice
3 cups (1 bottle) tequila or mezcal
1 cup pomegranate juice
crushed jalapeno slices or use a spicy tequila such as Ghost (optional)
Mix the honey syrup (1:1, honey: water) with the lemon juice thoroughly, then combine all the ingredients except the garnishes in a punch bowl with ice and garnish with fresh pomegranate and citrus slices.
PRO TIP: If you'd like to low proof this recipe without compromising the integrity and balance of the drink, try cutting the high proof tequila with a manzanilla sherry or dry vermouth in equal measures.
DRINK WITH BENEFITS
Pomegranatecontains more than one hundred phytochemicals, is a good source of fiber as well as vitamins A, C, some B vitamins, and contains minerals such as calcium, potassium, and iron. Pomegranate juice is rich in antioxidant polyphenols. These chemicals are powerful antioxidants that help remove free radicals, protect cells from damage, and reduce inflammation.
5x author and nutritional expert, Jules Aron, is the founder of The Healthy Bartender, an online platform bridging the gap between Mind, Body and Spirit (s) for over a decade. With 20+ years bar experience, Jules is on a mission to bring more consciousness to the cocktail.
Jules is the best-selling author of Zen and Tonic: Savory and Fresh Cocktails for the Enlightened Drinker, Vegan Cheese, Simple, Delicious, Plant-Based Cheese Recipes, Fresh and Pure: Organically Crafted Beauty Balms & Cleansers, Nourish and Glow: Naturally Beautifying Foods & Elixirs, and her new release, Low Proof Happy Hour. She holds a Masters degree from New York University, is a Certified Yoga, Qigong & Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, and a long time martial artist with a black belt in Kyukushin Karate. Follow her @julesaron