Pomegranate-Orange Sunsets

Sephardim break the fast with several refreshing beverages: sweet “milks” made from almonds or pumpkin seeds; juices of pomegranates, apricots, watermelon, or apples. American Ashkenazi Jews traditionally drink fresh orange juice, befitting a meal at which they typically serve breakfast foods. This gorgeous juice—a mixture of pomegranate and orange—combines the best of both cultures.

Pour your guests these break-the-fast beverages in fine, clear crystal to capture the swirl of colors. Serve regular sunsets in tall tumblers or water goblets; offer frozen sunsets in stemmed cocktail glasses, like frozen margaritas.

Ingredients

  • Chilled orange juice—about 4 ounces for each serving
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh or bottled pomegranate juice (see Cook’s Note)—3–4 ounces for each serving
  • Mint leaves and/or thin slices of fresh orange, for garnish

Method

  1. For regular sunsets. Pour the orange juice into tall glass tumblers or large water goblets filled with ice cubes. Gently pour in the pomegranate juice to taste (I usually combine approximately half and half proportions, but exact amounts will depend on the sweetness of the juices as well as personal preference). Colors should be marbled like a vibrant sunset; if necessary, lightly mix by swirling pomegranate juice through orange juice with a cocktail stirrer or chopstick. Garnish each glass with a mint leaf and/or orange slice. Serve right away.
  2. For frozen sunsets. Fill an ice cube tray with pomegranate juice and freeze until completely solid. Put about 8 frozen pomegranate cubes in a blender. Add 1 cup of orange juice and process until smooth. Divide between two large stemmed glasses, serve with a straw, and garnish with mint leaves and a slice of fresh orange. Serve straightaway. (If the liquid begins to separate from the frozen froth, just stir it up with a cocktail stirrer.)

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