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Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider

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).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

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! This recipe for Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider is my new go-to holiday drink.

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.

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

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.

Yield: 12 Servings

Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider

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

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

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

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 1/2 way with cider
  3. Top with champagne
  4. Drop in a few pomegranate arils for garnish

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

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