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Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider

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Sip a glass of Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider this holiday season. Mix up the pomegranate cider ahead of time and top with champagne for a bubbly treat

The holiday season is the perfect time for sparkling drinks. Stressed out from shopping? Champagne. Forget to add the sugar to your gingerbread? Champagne. Family won’t stop asking what your six month old baby wants for Christmas? Champagne (baby doesn’t want champagne, mommy does). It’s an A+ holiday problem solver. And you don’t have to drink it alone, that might get boring (and you might get a little too tipsy). I’m hear with the perfect solution!  Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider is my new go-to holiday drink.

Sip a glass of Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider this holiday season. Mix up the pomegranate cider ahead of time and top with champagne for a bubbly treat

The pomegranate cuts through the sweetness of the apple cider making it drinkable without sending you into a sugar coma. It has the added bonus of mixing up quickly and in large enough quantities to make the whole family manageable. As a bonus it’s completely customize-able, if you want it a little sweeter add more cider, if it’s too sweet add some extra pomegranate. You can even skip the champagne and make it kid-friendly with ginger ale or seltzer. I happened to be nibbling at some gingersnaps while photographing the cider and I found the combo quite tasty.

I am not a champagne connoisseur by any means so go with whichever bottle you have on hand or can easily buy. I get easily overwhelmed in liquor stores so I grabbed the one that looked like the one my mom buys. It’s Andre Extra Dry and it was about $6. This is not the time to get spendy with the champagne! The pomegranate arils drop to the bottom of the cider until you add the champagne, then they pop right up to the top. They don’t affect the flavor (that I can tell) but they are pretty and make the champagne flutes more festive so if you happen to have a lonely pomegranate hanging around pop it open.

Sip a glass of Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider this holiday season. Mix up the pomegranate cider ahead of time and top with champagne for a bubbly treat

Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider
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Sip a glass of Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider this holiday season. Mix up the pomegranate cider ahead of time and top with champagne for a bubbly treat
Ingredients
  • 2 cups apple cider (the real stuff! Local if you can get it)
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • Champagne
  • Pomegranate arils (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine cider and pomegranate juice. Store in the fridge until needed
  2. Fill champagne flute ½ way with cider
  3. Top with champagne
  4. Drop in a few pomegranate arils for garnish

*Fun fact, I didn’t manage to spell pomegranate correctly once while writing this post. Blame the champagne

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Comments

  1. This sounds like an interesting twist to apple cider. I love pomegranate season when they are easy to find and less costly!

  2. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I have some apple cider in my fridge right now. This is a great drink for the holiday season.

  3. Pomegranate is one of my fave fruits to not only eat but to add do mixed drinks and punches. This sounds delicious and the color is so pretty! Thanks

  4. Rebecca Bryant says:

    YUM this looks so refreshing and festive. I must make this for my Christmas Eve party with family and friends. thank you for helping plan my party,

  5. Oh! This is just what I was looking to serve at ladies night this December! Pinned it!

  6. Oh this looks delish! I’m always looking for new drinks for parties and especially during Christmas time. Had to pin it! 🙂

  7. Such a unique combination of ingredients. Perfect for all the holiday festivities ahead.

  8. I can’t wait to make it for our open house! Sounds soon good!