This creative cocktail is a combination of rosemary-infused simple syrup, pomegranate juice and sparkling wine garnished with glistening, ruby red pomegranate seeds. I just love how it incorporates both the flavors and colors of the holiday season.
For added convenience, make the rosemary-infused simple syrup the day before your event and, for the sparkling wine, I like to use Prosecco; it's best to enjoy your expensive Champagne on its own. In the interest of time, I like to double the batch, just to be sure I have enough and it's fun experimenting with the ratio of ingredients to suit your guest's tastes. Alternatively, if you're more of a martini person, you can substitute vodka for the sparkling wine and serve the drink in a martini glass garnished with a rosemary sprig. So many options, so little time!
I hope you enjoy this special Holiday edition of Cocktail Couture and would love to hear what you think of the Pomegranate-Rosemary Royale! Please stop by The Glamorous Gourmet Facebook page and let me know or leave a comment here - whatever works for you. Thanks so much for stopping by and stay tuned for more holiday wine recommendations and recipe ideas.
(Adapted from Cooking Light)
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
2 cups Prosecco or other sparkling wine
Pomegranate seeds for garnish
1. Combine 1/4 cup water and sugar in a small saucepan; bring to a simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add the rosemary; let stand 30 minutes. Strain through a sieve into a small bowl; discard solids.
2. Pour 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice and 1 tablespoon rosemary syrup into 4 Champagne glasses. Top each serving with 1/2 cup sparkling wine. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and serve immediately.