Feeling Festive? That seems to be going around! Between episodes of Holiday Gingerbread Showdown, Tabitha Brown’s It’s Compliplated ( a vegan cooking competition!), and my guilty pleasure The Great British Bake Off, I was inspired to come up with an easy, yet elegant cocktail for the holiday season.
I decided to use more affordable Prosecco as the drink’s foundation instead of champagne. Inexpensive champagne always gives me a headache! A last-minute trip to the local liquor store fortuitously led to the discovery of my second ingredient. The lovely young lady stationed just inside the entrance was offering samples of Berentzen, a German pear liqueur. After one sip I knew this was my second ingredient. I really wanted something unusual, and this was new to me!
Missing was a splash of color as well as something to balance the sweetness of the pear liqueur and add a bit of acidity. Once home, I opened the fridge and spied a pomegranate. Bingo! Pomegranate juice and seeds would lend the dash of glam I was seeking. Just to be safe, I decided I should do a trial run with a handful of friends. It was a huge hit and I can hardly wait to show it off at Christmas.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Chill Time: 1 hour to overnight
- Total Time: 15 minutes not including chilling ingredients
- Yield: 6 cocktails 1x
- Method: No-bake
- One bottle well-chilled Prosecco
- 375 ml Berentzen Pear Liqueur
- 8 ounces of cold Pomegranate juice
- 8 ounces of fresh pomegranate seeds
This is SO easy to make. First, make sure all the ingredients are well-chilled. Choose a pretty serving pitcher and tall glasses. Champagne flutes work best.
Pour the Prosecco, pear liqueur, and pomegranate juice into the pitcher and stir lightly to mix. Add a spoonful of pomegranate seeds to each glass and pour the punch over the seeds. It is so much fun to watch them float to the top and then dance around in your glass!
- I chose Zonin Prosecco. It is highly rated, subtly fruity, and affordable.
- Do make sure all ingredients are nice and cold. I have mentioned this before, but I want to emphasize the importance. Chilling truly enhances the flavors!
- Fresh pomegranate seeds are readily available in 8-ounce and 16-ounce resealable containers at your local grocer.
- Don’t worry about adding seeds to your cocktail. Plump, colorful pomegranate seeds are a delicious addition to the drink as long as your guests sip, not slurp!
Keywords: cocktails, pomegranate, holiday beverages, champagne cocktails