I’ve never been much of a drinker, but tend to like the bubbly stuff, coffee liqueurs, Pina Coladas, and I do drink wine occasionally. However, drinking has never been a priority of mine – eating chocolate is. That said, I love a good celebration and with celebrations, there’s typically liqueur present.
There’s a magazine called Celebrate, and while reading the holiday issue I came across a Pomegranate Bellini. This bubbly drink had all the flavors I love, so I decided for Thanksgiving I’d give it a try. The recipe makes a large batch that could serve 8-10 people, depending on how you drink. I served it like I’d serve Sangria – in a large glass jar, which I ladled the Bellini’s out into champagne glasses, garnished with Pomegranate Arils (the seeds).
The Pomegranate Bellini had a nice balance of flavors, sweetness and effervescence, that I can’t wait to serve again at our next holiday party and for New Years!
I suppose if you’re not a fan of sweet alcoholic beverages (although this isn’t overly sweet) then you may not like this Bellini. I on the other hand thought it was spectacular!
Whether you’re having a quiet romantic evening or celebrating with friends, this drink goes down nice and easy, and yes, it has a kick to it. You’ll feel it later if you over do it. I hope you’ll try the Pomegranate Bellini for the upcoming holidays – it’s so festive and delicious!
- 1 (750-milliliter) bottle sparkling apple cider (I used Martinelli's)
- 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice (I used POM)
- 1 1/2 cups apple brandy
- 1 1/2 cups pomegranate liqueur (I used PAMA)
- 1 (750-milliliter) bottle chilled moscato d'asti or sparkling muscadine wine (I used a Muscat wine)
- Garnish: pomegranate arils (purchase or remove arils from pomegranate)
- To a large pitcher, add apple cider, pomegranate juice, brandy, and pomegranate liqueur. Whisk to combine.
- Just before serving, add moscato d'asti, stirring to combine.
- Garnish with pomegrantae arils, if desired. Serve.
Note: After first step, Pomegranate Bellini can be refrigerated up to overnight until ready to drink. Just add moscato d'asti right before serving.