When it comes to holiday entertaining, I prefer low maintenance cocktail recipes. Who wants to shake up individual cocktails and baste the turkey every 30 minutes? Certainly not this lady! That’s why a pitcher of Pomegranate-Cranberry Sparklers will be holding court on my bar cart all season long. Keep a pitcher of chilled Pomegranate Cranberry Orange juice on hand in the fridge and top it with a splash of champagne or sparkling wine anytime guests come to call. How simple, and festive, was that? For more great recipes & entertaining ideas, head on over to my blog, Freutcake!
|1 cup Pomegranate Juice||1 cup Unsweetened Cranberry Juice|
|Orange Simple Syrup (recipe below)||Juice of one large orange|
|Chilled Champagne||FOR THE ORANGE SIMPLE SYRUP|
|1 orange, peeled||1 cup sugar|
|1 cup water||Pomegranate seeds for garnish (optional but highly recommended)|
Using a vegetable peeler, peel orange rind in long strips and set aside. (You only want the orange portion of the rind only, not the bitter white pith)
In a small saucepan combine orange rind, sugar and water. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat and stir with a wooden spoon until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow syrup to cool completely. Remove orange rind and discard. Chill simple syrup until you are ready to use it.
In a pitcher combine orange simple syrup, pomegranate juice, cranberry juice and orange juice. Stir to combine and chill until ready to serve.
To serve the cocktail add a few pomegranate seeds to each champagne flute. Fill flutes 1/3 of the way full with juice mixture. Top with champagne.
Recipe & Photography: Freutcake