Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail - Sweet Refreshing Party Cocktail

There’s something about pomegranates. They are one of the very first human-cultivated fruits and they’ve played a symbolic role in various cultures and religions for centuries. Pomegranates are said to have decorated the pillars of Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem; they also appear repeatedly in the Biblical Song of Solomon. In Buddhism, the pomegranate is considered one of three blessed fruits. In Hindu culture, the deity Ganesha is often depicted holding a pomegranate in one of his many hands. In Greek mythology, Hades tempts Persephone into marriage with… what else?… a pomegranate.

What better way to kick of the secular new year than with a Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail? This simple pairing of pure pomegranate juice, Cointreau (or orange liqueur), sweetened lime juice and champagne is lightly sweet, refreshing and festive. Garnish with juicy pomegranate seeds and you’ve got an elegant cocktail for toasting when that big sparkly ball drops. Making for a crowd? Premix several servings of the pomegranate juice, Cointreau and sweet lime juice in a pitcher, then chill– for 32 servings you would use 4 cups of pomegranate juice, 2 cups Cointreau and 1/3 cup + 1 tsp sweetened lime juice. When ready to serve, stir up the pre-mixed juice mixture, place pomegranate seeds in the champagne flutes, then pour in 3 1/2 tbsp of the chilled juice mixture per flute. Just before serving, top off the flutes with chilled champagne.

If you don’t wish to imbibe this holiday, I’ve provided a really yummy virgin mocktail modification below. If you are indulging, please play safe and get a designated driver. L’chaim!

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail - Sweet Refreshing Party Cocktail

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp pure 100% pomegranate juice, chilled
  • 1 tbsp Cointreau
  • 1/2 tsp pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 tsp sweetened lime juice
  • Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
Total Time: 5 Minutes
Servings: 1 champagne cocktail
Kosher Key: Pareve
  • Spoon the pomegranate seeds into the bottom of a Champagne flute. Add pomegranate juice, Cointreau and sweetened lime juice. Top off the flute with chilled Champagne or sparkling wine.
  • Virgin Mocktail Modification: Substitute 1 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice for the Cointreau and non-alcoholic sparkling cider for the champagne/sparkling wine. This makes a really yummy non-alcoholic version!
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Category: Beverages, Hanukkah, In the Kitchen, Nut Free, Pareve, Purim, Recipes, Rosh Hashanah, Slide Show, Tomato Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Comments (21)Post a Comment

  1. now that sounds yummy. Count me in!

  2. Perfect for a Capodanno Italiano.. RED!!!!

  3. Love this one, Tori! Wishing you a healthy, delicious 2014!

  4. What a gorgeous drink! Happy Jew Year, Tori!

  5. As a Shiksa and a Latin teacher… I approve!

  6. Tashia Small says:

    This is phenomenal!! Cheers to a delightful 2014 all!

  7. So good for you and tastes good too!

  8. Mary Breen says:

    Tori, thank you for all the great posts and recipes this past year, Happy, Healthy new year.

  9. Freiha Jean says:

    Pomegranate being the food of the dead, Persephone will not be able to leave the underworld. Happy 2014 !

  10. This looks absolutely delicious!

  11. Dawn Donovan says:

    looks awesoe, thanks for sharing

  12. maureen says:

    Please define sweetened lime juice. Lime juice + simple syrup or something else?

    Thanks!

    • Tori Avey says:

      Hi Maureen, Sweetened Lime Juice is a product that is usually sold near the liquor mixers (Bloody Mary Mix, etc.). The most common brand is Rose’s. It is exactly what it sounds like– a sweet, syrupy version of lime juice. :)

  13. Kim Beaulieu says:

    I’m totally digging this cocktail Tori. It’s so pretty. Happy New Year lady. xx

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