In keeping with the “healthy” new year’s resolutions here at Inside Tailgating, why not create this delicious pomegranate cocktail for your New Year’s tailgate or football-watching party. We turned to a blog from www.winefolly.com for the breakdown:
“Pomegranates ripen in the winter time, which is why they’re a great seasonal choice for a NYE Champagne cocktail. This recipe was the winner because it’s simple, has a lovely fruity-but-dry taste, and the buoyant seeds are fun to eat. Technically, this drink is a Pomegranate Prosecco cocktail, because that’s the sparkling wine we would absolutely recommend. Overall, this drink is very subtle and classy.”
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Filtered water
- 1 large Pomegranate
- 1 bottle of Sparkling wine (Prosecco)
Creates enough simple syrup for 50 glasses. By the way, one bottle of sparkling wine contains 5 servings.
Remove the seeds from the Pomegranate, strain, and set aside. Stir the sugar and water together in a saucepan over medium-low height until the sugar dissolves. Add about 1/2 of the pomegranate seeds into the saucepan and let them simmer on low for 5 minutes before crushing them with a fork or potato masher. Pull from heat and let the mixture macerate for another 5–10 minutes before straining and reserving the liquid.
Put a teaspoon of pomegranate simple syrup in the bottom of a flute and cover with a spoonful of fresh pomegranate seeds. Hold the glass at an angle when filling with sparkling wine so it doesn’t disturb the simple syrup on the bottom.