We spend every New Year’s Eve at my friend Tara’s house. The kids all run around in the rec room, and the adults have fun upstairs watching the broadcast from Times Square while we eat a dozen different appetizers. Besides bringing food, I also volunteered to bring a drink. I wanted to find something that could work for adults and kids – basically, a virgin drink you could add booze to as-needed. I wasn’t sure what I was going to make, so I wandered throught the booze and drink aisle at Target until I came across sparkling pomegranate juice. Perfect inspiration!
Sparkling pomegranate juice, or pomegranate soda
Champagne (I suggest a brut)
Fruit (I used blackberries and pomegranate arils, aka pomegranate seeds)
This is so easy to make – just combine equal parts of all the liquids. To make a boozy pitcher, you’ll need three cups of each ingredient. Start by putting some fresh mint leaves in the bottom of the pitcher. Next, pour in raspberry lemonade, then add the sparkling pomegranate juice, then the champagne. You don’t need to stir, the drink mixes itself thanks to the carbonation!
To serve, drop some fruit into the glass, then pour the Pomegranate Mint Fizz. Top with a fresh mint leaf. The carbonation in the drink made the pomegranate arils bounce up and down in the glass – perfect if you’re planning to enjoy this drink as the ball drops! I have to say, I am not a huge fan of mint in my food or drinks, but this really works. It just makes the drink a bit crisper.
At the party, I plan on filling my pitcher with the non-alcoholic version of this. Basically, 4 cups of raspberry lemonade and 4 cups of sparkling pomegranate juice. This way the kids have access to the drink, and when the adults want a booze-filled version, I’ll fill the glass 2/3 full with the juice mix and then top it off with champagne straight out of the bottle. Yum.
Annabel was my official taste tester for the non-alcoholic version and she said it is “sooo yummy delicious.” She also loved watching the pomegranate arils bounce up and down in her glass. Fun for hours, I’m telling ya.
I hope everyone has a wonderful new year! Have fun tonight and be safe!