Sparkling Pomegranate Snowflake

Darcy O'Neil :: January 4, 2009 9:53 PM

by Caroline O'Neil - I'd like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!! First off, I know that many of you are "extremely" disappointed that I have not written an article for Darcy in a long time. I will admit that it has been almost a year since my last post. I still have a few more days before that happens. I do have a valid excuse for my absence though. Unfortunately, I have not been able to indulge for the last 7 months, we are expecting child #2 in the middle of March. Of course we can't forget that chasing the other toddler around is a full time job. Don't let his cute little smile fool you, and I assure you that he is plotting his next move, whenever he flashes that smile. Fionn, not Darcy.

X-Mas-2008 Natalie over at The Liquid Muse has come to the rescue for us moms-to-be. She has published a book called Preggatinis, a modern book about non-alcoholic drinks. This is a wonderful collection of drinks that can be enjoyed throughout the nine month self-imposed dry spell. The book is organized into the different stages of pregnancy, and beyond. I especially enjoyed how she has highlighted special Preggatinis for all of the holidays. I decided to give her New Year's Eve "Sparkling Pomegranate Snowflake" a try.

Sparkling Pomegranate Snowflake

1 ½ ounces pomegranate juice
3 ounces nonalcoholic sparkling wine
1 sugar cube
Dash blood orange bitters *
2 tablespoons granulate white sugar for rim
1 teaspoon pomegranate seeds

Instructions: Rim a champagne flute with sugar. Place the sugar cube into the bottom of the flute, and soak it with the bitters. Add pomegranate juice and alcohol free sparkling wine, which is available at most grocery stores. Drop pomegranate seeds into the drink as an edible garnish.

 preggatinis

Wow, what an amazing drink. I would recommend serving this to any of your guests who are off the wagon. I couldn't believe that this was a non-alcoholic "champagne"cocktail, I always thought virgin cocktails were boring and overly sweet.

The only minor modification that I would suggest is to use a teaspoon of simple syrup instead of the sugar cube. The sugar cube doesn't dissolve completely making the finish very sweet. The sugar cube trick comes from the Champagne Cocktail and as you drink that cocktail, it gets sweeter as you work your way toward the bottom of the flute. Champagne is very dry to start, so it works well there. The Sparkling Pomegranate Snowflake seems sweet enough to start, considering the sugar rim, so my preference is to have a balanced drink throughout. But it is always your choice. This is a great way to toast the New Year, or enjoy anytime you feel like being an adult. Cheers to everyone!! I wish you all the best in 2009.

*Stirrings makes a non-alcoholic variety


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