Sunday, December 27, 2015

{Christmas Party Favorites} Pomegrante and Cranberry Bellini Mocktail

There are usually a few people at every party who chose not to drink alcohol at all. There are also your responsible drinkers, people who will have one or two alcoholic beverages then switch over to something non-alcoholic. For these reasons it's always nice to have a well thought out drink menu that includes a mocktail or two. Just a little something to let the "non-drinkers" or "responsible drinkers" feel special. Now I will be the first to say that I don't fall into either of the above categories.  I always prefer a cocktail over a mocktail, especially at a party.

So there I am at my party, cocktail in hand as I pour my very responsible friend a glass of this Pomegranate and Cranberry Bellini Mocktail. I watch nervously as she takes a sip, scolding myself for not taking the time to taste it before the party, and am so relieved when she squeals in delight saying "This is the best mocktail ever." I thank her and feel convinced she is just being polite. There is no way it is THAT good, I think to myself.

As the evening goes on, my friend revisits the pitcher full of this mocktail several times, each time complimenting the drink. Ladies, who by now have grown curious, decide to taste the mocktail. I watch, mostly in shock, as people put their cocktail aside and pour themselves a mocktail. That's it, I decide, pouring a taste for myself. And...

I'll be darned if the ladies weren't right. This mocktail is total perfection! It's not only pretty as can be, but it succeeds in having that perfect balance of sweet and tart, and the sparkling water gives it that bubbly effervescence that makes it light and refreshing. Garnished with lime slices, mint, and/or pomegranate seeds, this is such a special drink for the holidays, or really any occasion. It was certainly the hit of my holiday party and I guarantee it would be a hit at your party as well!

Not having a party anytime soon? No worries. Make a pitcher to enjoy at home!

Pomegranate and Cranberry Bellini Mocktail
Serves 8

1 cup ice
1-1/2 cups simple syrup, chilled *recipe follows
1-1/4 cups unsweetened pomegranate juice, chilled
1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice,chilled
1 (25.3 fluid ounces) bottle sparkling water, chilled
2 limes, thinly sliced
Optional garnish: 1/2 cups pomegranate seeds or fresh mint

For The Simple Syrup: Combine 1 cup water 1 cup sugar in a saucepan, over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Take the pan off the heat and allow the syrup to cool. (Yields 1-1/2 cups)

For the Bellini: Place the ice in a pitcher. Add the simple syrup, pomegrante juice, and cranberry juice. Stir well. Slowly pour in the sparkling water. Add garnishes, if using, and serve!


  1. Oooh... I wish that glass is in my hands! Plus the pitcher too! I can see why your guests are going back for more! I would be one of them if I was at your party!

  2. Given that I'm currently in the "can't drink alcohol" party, I am LOVING you for this!! I could slurp this whole pitcher by myself!

  3. This looks really great. I'm not what you would call a responsible drinker, but I do have a very low tolerance for alcohol. After two drinks I go straight to the hangover. This looks like the perfect second drink for me.

  4. I am always a fan of a delicious mocktail. I like to alternate them with a cocktail or two. This looks both festive and delicious Kim! ;-)

  5. This drink is ideal for me since I'm not a drinker. I love anything with pomegranate in it. Imagine all the jewels and sparkles in a drink. Awesome! Have a healthy and happy new year.

  6. what a great mocktail - perfect for the non alcoholic drinkers at the party


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