Sunday, January 2, 2011

Cranberry and Pomegranate Bellinis

Want to enjoy all the benefits of anti-oxidants while sipping your cocktails in style? Sue whipped up these delicious Cranberry and Pomegranate Bellinis this week to celebrate the new year. I think they also be perfect for celebrating Fridays, or Saturdays.. even Sundays! They'd even be great for a special brunch. If you are having one, let me know. I'll be right over! ☺

Cranberry and Pomegranate Bellinis
Adapted from recipe in Giada's Kitchen
by Sue of Couscous&Consciousness
Serves 4-6 people

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup pomegranate juice, chilled
1/2 cup cranberry juice, chilled
bottle of Prosecco (or other sparkling wine)
strips of lemon zest (original recipe called for lime wedges)
pomegranate seeds
mint leaves for garnish (if you have them - I didn't)

Firstly make a simple syrup by combining the water and sugar, in a small pot, over medium heat.  Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and keep stirring until all the sugar has dissolved.  Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.  (Makes about 3/4 cup)

Next, put a good handful of ice into a jug, add the simple syrup, pomegranate juice, and cranberry juice, and stir well.

Put a spoonful of pomegranate seeds into the bottom of a champagne flute, along with a strip of lemon zest.

Half-fill the glass with the mixture of syrup and juices, then fill to the top with the Prosecco. 

Enjoy - cin cin!

7 comments:

girlichef said...

I'll take three please! Happy New Year, all!!!

~~louise~~ said...

Well, well, what a wonderful surprise to find you hiding out here!

Gorgeous site! I must do some further investigating...

Happy New Year, Natashya!!!

P.S. Have you see my last post? It has some vintage party toasts on it.

Diana's Cocina said...

Hard to resist a good healthy drink, right? Simply delicious!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Thanks for inviting me to the party :-)
Sue

Kim said...

Oh yeah....the perfect way to get those antioxidants in :P

This is a really festive and fun drink!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Woohoo! Happy New Year.
Healthy drinks mean we can have twice as much - right? ;-)

Thanks for letting us post this, Sue - nice to have you at the party!

Louise - I'll be right over!

Rachel said...

I made these recently and they were very good. Love crunching those pomegranate seeds.