December 29, 2011

Pomegranate-Champagne Cocktails


Yesterday I showed you some yummy Glazed Champagne & White Chocolate Cookies. And, I promised I would come back and tell you what I did with all that leftover champagne. If you read yesterday, you know I poured my remaining champagne into two ice cube trays and stuck those in the freezer.

Now, let me go ahead and tell you a few things:

1) Champagne doesn't really freeze solid, so you'll end up with slushy cubes. That's totally okay for this recipe.

2) I'm no professional mixologist nor am I an expert in wine. I'm sure freezing champagne breaks some sort of wine rule by changing the properties, reducing the bubbly quality, etc. But, I know what tastes good and this cocktail turned out yummy! If you're a wine expert and wouldn't possibly consider freezing champagne, don't. I won't get my feelings hurt. You could just add chilled champagne instead and we can still be friends!

3) Please don't freeze your champagne in the bottle. That could get messy.

If you're still reading and aren't afraid of a little champagne slushy, let's get to it!

Pomegranate-Champagne Cocktails
(12 servings)
24 ounces Ginger Ale, chilled
24 ounces Pomegranate Juice (I used Pom), chilled
24 Champagne Ice Cubes
Pink Sugar** (optional)

**To make pink sugar for sugared rim, mix 1-2 drops of red food coloring into 1 cup of sugar.


Leave your champagne cubes in the freezer until very last. They melt fast! First, take each glass and dip the rim into a bowl of water and then into the bowl of pink sugar. Add 2 ounces of ginger-ale to each glass, followed by 2 ounces of pomegranate juice. After all glasses are sugar-rimmed and filled, add 2 cubes of champagne to each one.

I realize this cocktail isn't very heavy on the alcohol. If you'd rather call it punch than a cocktail, go for it. And, if you'd rather use more champagne and splashes of juice/ale, go for that too.


The beauty of the frozen champagne is that you can assemble your drinks and place them on a pretty tray before your party guests arrive. The champagne will begin to melt, but keep the drinks nice and cold. How lovely would it be to hand your party guests one of these pretty cocktails when they walk in your door?!


Don't be afraid to turn this into a mocktail! Instead of freezing champagne, freeze club soda or sparkling white grape juice. You'll still get the wow-presentation and it will still be yummy! Win-win. Don't you love options??

To make the festive wine tags, I simply cut scalloped circles (with my 1-inch circle cutter, of course) out of white contact paper, dusted that with glittered glue and then added a glittered monogram sticker to each round. The contact paper sticks well to glass but also comes off easily, leaving no residue. An easy solution to keeping your guests' glasses in order!



Enjoy these fun and simple cocktails at your New Year's Eve celebration! Or, tuck this idea away for later. The juice can be swapped for whatever the occasion. Peach? Pineapple? Orange? Yum, yum and yum!


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54 comments:

  1. Emily, your pictures are so beautiful that I want a glass now and it is not even 6 am. LOL
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. It sure sounds good! Happy New Year!

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  2. Thanks for the non-alcoholic alternative. I have some Sparkling Water and I plan to use it today to make some ice cubes. I think my family will really love them for soda or juice. The drinks look lovely. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy New Year! :)

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  3. They not only sound delish, they look wonderful! I am going to pin this! thanks!

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  4. LOVE this!! And I think I am going to make those cookies this weekend!

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  5. These look amazing. I love pomegranate and who doesn't love champagne..this is so perfect.

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  6. Lovely ! Love a champagne cocktail! Happy New Year!
    Dawn@Making Home

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  7. Yum! thanks for sharing. I was just dropping by to wish you a Happy New Year and thank you for visiting my place and your special comments. I look forward to engaging more with you in 2012. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  8. So delicious I can hardly stand it! XO, Aimee

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  9. Mhhhh I could go for one of these right now - they sound delicious!! And I love the little markers on them - especially the glitter :)

    I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday. The party is open until Sunday! http://www.mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/12/your-whims-wednesday-39-and-features.html

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  10. Oh yumm, these look great and I'm sure they taste great too! I hope to be making some of these for new years.

    I'd love for you to link up & share: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2011/12/pinteresting-linky-party-week-nineteen.html

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  11. So festive & fun! I would love for you to share them at The Corson Cottage for our last {Home for the Holidays} party of the season. Carrie
    http://thecorsoncottage.blogspot.com/2011/12/home-for-holidays-link-party-5.html

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  12. Oh yummy....another goodie that I had to share on Facebook since tonight is THE night! Thanks for linking up to Kiss & Tell over at my place, Emily!

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  13. Those sound like great cocktails! I think I'll give them a try!

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  14. Hi Emily! Oh my goodness, this is SO right up my alley :) I just found your blog through another blog and am so happy I did. It (and you) are darling. I'm your newest follower - please come say hi and get some yummy recipes at http://www.yummymummykitchen.com

    Happy New Year's Eve! (clearly I am not doing anything exciting because I have toddlers, but I am drinking champagne and reading your blog, so it's all good)

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  15. I didn't realize I was so behind! Lovely idea, my dear. How is the car?

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  16. Oooooh, I see this as a breakfast mocktail! Why not! How fun!

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  17. Oh my! Those sound wonderful! They will work for Valentine's Day too! Yum! By the way, I read "Who is Emily?" and I also love the Target dollar aisles.

    Happy New Year!
    Terry

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  18. Oooh, looks yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe :-)

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  19. I just wanted to pop back in and let you know you were featured this week:
    http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2012/01/pinteresting-party-week-twenty-one.html

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