April 23, 2011

Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail

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Mimosas are the usual for Saturday morning brunches but sometimes all that acid from the orange juice can really be too much on my stomach. There is also my constant desire to change things up and test out new flavors and cocktails. 

This Pomegranate cocktail is one that I have been gushing over for about a week now since I discovered it and I haven't been holding this drink to only it's normal appearance at brunch time either. I have never been a huge pomegranate fan, not that I don't like the flavor but it never really jumped out at me as a fruit I had to have until this cocktail. The blend of the juices and the champagne make for such a light drink, not syrupy and not too acidic that you could only have one. 

As with any Champagne cocktail, for this recipe you want a moderately priced sparkling wine that tastes good enough to sip on its own, but that you'll feel all right about mixing. There are plenty of good choices, including Italian proseccos and some American sparklers. Steer clear of anything over $15 because remember, you are mixing the drink so save the true Champagne and good sparkling wines for sipping on their own.



So light and refreshing, it's a perfect brunch-time, summertime or anytime cocktail when you want a crisp and tasty way to kick-off your weekend.
Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail
Recipe and photos by A Heathy Jalapeno

Ingredients

3 tbs simple syrup
1 cup plus 2 Tbs. unsweetened pure pomegranate juice (like Pom brand), chilled
1 750ml bottle Prosecco or dry Champagne, chilled



OR for the quick and easy...


1 750ml bottle Prosecco or dry Champagne, chilled
1 1/2 cup sparkling pomegranate soda (from Stew Leonard's)


In a small pitcher, stir together the pomegranate juice and 3 Tbs. of the simple syrup. Fill six champagne flutes about one-third full with the pomegranate mixture. Top with the sparkling wine, dividing it evenly among the flutes. 
Serve immediately.
Enjoy!

3 comments:

Pam said...

Now that's my kind of cocktail.

Mary said...

What a wonderful cocktail for a special brunch or holiday. I hope you have a wonderful evening. Blessings...Mary

Laura Jeanne said...

Thank you ladies, it is very light and delicious. :)