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Ring in New Year with pomegranate champagne cocktail

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.

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