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Mediterranean Coolers

Although they are now grown in the United States and other parts of the world, the pomegranate and tangerine originated from the Middle East, where they grew near the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Tangerines get their name from Tangiers, a major port city of Morocco. Pomegranates are mentioned in ancient texts dating back as far as the mid-third millennium BC. Carbonized pomegranates have been found in the ruins of ancient Bronze Age civilizations in Palestine as well as in the tomb of the Djehuty, the butler of ancient Egypt's Queen Hatshepsut.

A variety of fruit juices and nectars including pomegranate and tangerine are now commonly available in most grocery stores and gourmet markets. If you decide to use them instead of making your own juices, check the label to see if there are added sugars.

The following recipes are from the CIA's Healthy Cooking at Home (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010).

Mediterranean Cooler drink recipe by The Culinary Institute of America

Ingredients

Makes 6 Servings

  • 4 cups tangerine juice
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 2 cups club soda
  • Ice cubes (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine the tangerine and pomegranate juices in a pitcher. Chill.
  2. When ready to serve, pour the juice into 6 tall glasses, add the club soda, and stir to combine. Serve over ice, if desired.

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