I have one single, solitary reality TV guilty pleasure: The Real Housewives of whatever-city-is-currently-featured. Since it's a guilty pleasure, I try to avoid getting sucked in. Nowadays, a couple of episodes per season is usually what I can make peace with. When I used to fully engage in each franchise, I picked up some gems. Who could forget when Nene Leakes (RHOA) screamed "I am very rich, b***h!" or when Theresa Guidice (RHONJ) flipped a table? One slightly less harmful moment ingrained into my memory is Heather Dubrow's (RHOC) almost excessive use of the term "champs" to describe champagne. It stuck with me. As a millennial, I am no stranger to abbreviations, also known as abbrevs, to the cool kids. Let me reign this ramble in although it is relevant. I promise.
I created this pomegranate champagne cocktail in honor of the upcoming New Year's Eve holiday. It's ultra festive and made of champs and 🙂 pomegranate (or pom) juice. You might even want to make it around the Christmas holidays as it totally looks the part. The champagne can be replaced with seltzer water or soda for those who turn up sans alcohol. This is perfect for my family as New Year's Eve is also my parents' wedding anniversary. Not everyone in my family drinks so we can easily celebrate by cutting the champagne for some. Additionally, pomegranate is symbolic of rebirth, which makes it especially appropriate for a New Year's Eve cocktail. Just a few other ingredients and a couple of minutes are all you need to create this glam-looking cocktail. I use my current favorite semi-sweet from Saint-Hilaire, which is pronounced sahn ill-air but looks like Kanye West's son's name plus yet another abbreviation for hilarious. This recipe makes a pitcher's worth of cocktails so it's perfect for ringing in the new year with a group.
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An easy, four-ingredient champagne cocktail perfect for New Year's Eve toasts
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- ¾ cup simple syrup
- 2 bottles semi-sweet champagne (about 50 ounces)
- pomegranate arils for garnish
- Pour champagne into a pitcher or serving container.
- Add pomegranate juice and simple syrup. Stir well.
- Pour into cocktail glasses or flutes and sprinkle in pomegranate arils to garnish.