In traditional Chinese medicine, winter is the season to nourish the kidneys. Our kidneys hold our body’s most basic and fundamental energy, and when they are taxed, it’s hard for us to function optimally. Foods that are beneficial to the kidneys tend to be dark in color— black beans, kidney beans, seaweed, beef, Goji berries, and you guessed it— pomegranates! Additionally, they balance hormones and are a storehouse of antioxidants. Did we mention that they look good and taste good too? This cordial recipe couldn’t be more simple. Use it as an after-dinner digestif, or savor it drizzled over vanilla ice cream. Either way, it’s a bright and festive accoutrement to the existing romantic vibes of the month.
2 ripe pomegranates
1 cup organic pure cane sugar
1 cup water
Roll the pomegranate on the counter to break the seeds away from the membrane. Cut the pomegranate in half, and squeeze one half over a pot to extract as much juice and seeds as you can. Repeat with the remaining halves and discard the peel.
Add sugar and water to the pot, and stir over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a simmer. Simmer gently for 10 minutes or until it has reduced by a third.
Cool completely; add a splash of rosewater if using.
Pour into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator. Add a splash of cordial to regular or sparkling water.
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