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Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail

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Yields 6 cocktails.

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 Spanish cavas, Italian proseccos and some American sparklers. Steer clear of anything over $16 and save the true Champagne and good sparkling wines for sipping on their own: Their nuances get lost once blended with mixers.

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  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbs. unsweetened pure pomegranate juice (such as Pom brand), chilled
  • 1 750ml bottle dry sparkling wine or Champagne, chilled
Make the sugar syrup

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Boil for 1 minute. Let cool and then refrigerate until ready to use. You'll have enough syrup for about 15 cocktails, making it easy to double the recipe.

Make the cocktail

In a small pitcher, stir together the pomegranate juice and 3 Tbs. of the sugar syrup (reserve remaining syrup for another use, or a second batch of cocktails). 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.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on six servings; Calories (kcal): 130; Fat (g): 0; Fat Calories (kcal): 0; Saturated Fat (g): 0; Protein (g): 0; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0; Carbohydrates (g): 12; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): 5; Cholesterol (mg): 0; Fiber (g): 0;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Add a splash of cointreau and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds to each glass. Adds a hint or orange and makes the red color a deep pink! The pomegranate seeds are a delicious garnish. Michele Discovery Bay, CA

A refreshing cocktail for early afternoon gatherings...and I liked the side benefit of drinking less alcohol!

I served these on New Year's Eve. I made them a few minutes before we sat down for dinner and placed them at each place setting. Not only was the color beautiful....a pretty red...they tasted fantastic! My guests wanted to continue drinking them well past midnight. I used a champagne that was less than $10 per bottle as suggested. This will be a New Year's staple for years to come. Highly recommend!

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