I'm all about a little Black Friday shopping in the wee hours of the morning, therefore I need to drink a virgin cocktail on Thanksgiving Day. The sparkling water in these bellinis lends a wonderful bubbly and fizzy cocktail feel. I love a drink with some good fizz. However, if you have no place to be, jazz things up by subbing the sparkling water for a bottle of champagne, prosecco, or cava. Either way, this is a fantastic and festive drink that should have a place at every holiday table.
Virgin Pomegranate and Cranberry Bellinis
Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis
recipe found online here
1 cup ice
1- 1/2 cups simple syrup, recipe follows *(I used about 1 cup)
1-1/4 cups unsweetened pomegranate juice, chilled
1 (25.3 fluid ounces) bottle sparkling water, chilled
2 limes, thinly sliced
1 bunch fresh mint, for garnish
Optional garnish: pomegranate seeds (arils) and/or fresh cranberries
Special Equipment: 6 to 8 cup capacity punch bowl or glass pitcher
For the simple syrup: Place 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water into a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil (carefully), reduce heat to low, and cook about 5 minutes, or until the sugar dissolves. Cool for at least 20 minutes. Place in refrigerator until chilled. This should yield about 1-1/2 to 2 cups of simply syrup.
For the Bellinis: Place the ice in a punch bowl or glass pitcher. Add the simple syrup, pomegranate juice, and cranberry juice. Stir well. Slowly pour in the sparkling water. Garnish with lime slices, mint sprigs, pomegranate seeds and/or fresh cranberries, if using, and serve.