Melanie and I enjoy going to First Watch for breakfast and they have a drink called Red Medicine. I decided to reverse engineer it so that we could serve it over the holidays. It is described as “pomegranate, cranberry, black tea, local honey and cinnamon.” I don’t think I got the flavor exactly right, but closer than a knock-off Dr. Pepper is to the real thing. The color is a match and it is delicious.
It is very quick and easy to make, but note that the cinnamon syrup will need about an hour and a half to make (but you’ll have extra for many future batches). Here is my take:
1 big serving or 2 regular size
1 teaspoon honey
2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons cinnamon syrup (see below)
1 cup pure pomegranate juice
1/2 cup pure cranberry juice
1-1/4 cups decaffeinated black tea
They serve it ice-cold with a stick of cinnamon in it, but I’m sure it works as a hot beverage too.
2 cinnamon sticks (we used one but I’m pretty sure two will be even better)
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
- Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan
- Add sugar and stir to dissolve completely
- Reduce heat, add two cinnamon sticks, and cover
- Simmer for 15 min
- Remove from heat. Allow to cool and steep for at least 1 hour before use
- Store in bottle with cinnamon sticks
This stuff is great! You could put it in other teas or coffee or whatever.