15 Juicy Pomegranate Cocktail Recipes to Ring in the New Year
When pomegranates come into season, we can't help but scoop some up to put in pretty much every recipe, but where they really shine is in festive party drinks. They're the perfect blend of sweet and tart, and can more than stand up to your favorite spirits and liqueurs. You can even freeze the arils into ice cubes, so your beverages stay cold while looking totally adorable. Fresh pomegranates are in season throughout fall and early winter, but the juice is available year-round. Which is definitely a good thing, because once you have a taste of these flavorful drinks, you'll want to serve them at all your cocktail parties.
Pomegranate Gin and Tonic: Elevate your go-to cocktail with a few special details to make it worthy of any celebration. In this case, homemade rosemary simple syrup and pomegranate juice take the humble gin and tonic to new heights. (via It's a Sparkly Life)
Ginger Pomegranate Punch: There's a secret ingredient in this punch: White wine mingles with the rest of the ingredients, giving a balanced backbone to the drink. (via The Almond Eater)
Autumn Rosé Sangria With Apples and Pomegranates: Use rosé to make a sangria that's not too heavy, not too light. Cinnamon, cider, and brandy give it a cozy winter vibe that's just right. (via Coffee and Crayons)
Pomegranate Ginger Smash: Our favorite cocktails aren't always complicated. This three-ingredient drink is dramatically hued and packs a whallop of warming, tangy-sweet flavor. (via Lively Table)
Pomegranate Gin Slush: Even in the winter, it tends to get hot when there's a party afoot. Keep your guests cool with these refreshing pomegranate gin slushies. (via Unusually Lovely)
Pomegranate Rosemary Moscow Mule: The gingery kick of a Moscow Mule already makes it a great pick-me-up cocktail. Add in some pomegranate juice and a sprig of rosemary to bring even bigger flavor to each sip. (via Certified Pastry Aficionado)
Pomegranate Lime Margaritas: A splash of pomegranate juice gives a classic cocktail a cheerful crimson hue and a burst of fruity flavor. (via Simmer and Sauce)
Pomegranate Peach Champagne Punch: It's just not a party without the Champagne, but instead of serving it straight-up, mix it into a festive punch that people will want to drink all night long. (via My Digital Kitchen)
Pomegranate Pineapple Rum Sour: A little sweet, a little sour, this rum drink will put a spring in your step. It even has the added flourish of frothy egg white foam on top. (via The Charming Detroiter)
Pomegranate Rosemary Clementine Margaritas: Sweet, citrusy clementines bring a bright hit of flavor to these margaritas. A splash of rosemary cinnamon simple syrup balances things out. (via Spiced in My DNA)
Pomegranate and Rose Water Gin Fizz: Rose water simple syrup plays beautifully with the botanical notes in your favorite gin to make up this pretty pink drink. A sprinkle of dried rose petals atop a cloud of egg white foam make for a celebratory sip. (via Little Kitchen Big World)
Rum Berry Cocktail Punch: Dark spiced rum gives this cocktail a warm feel, while the fruity flavors of pomegranate juice and Cointreau round things out. Use frozen berries instead of ice to keep your drinks cool without diluting them. (via Kitchen Sanctuary)
Pomegranate Riesling Punch: Sweet Riesling helps temper pomegranate's tart flavor in this fizzy punch. Add fresh or frozen berries as a tasty garnish. (via Lipgloss and Crayons)
Spiced Pomegranate Cider Wine: This intriguing blend of cider and mulled wine is tied together by tart pomegranate juice. Add in some pomegranate arils, cranberries, and apples for an edible garnish that's oh-so-stunning. (via Good Life Eats)
Sparkling Pomegranate Party Punch: Fizzy and fruity, this punch serves a crowd. It gets a complex flavor from orgeat, rosemary simple syrup, and Angostura bitters. (via Cali Girl Cooking)
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Justina Huddleston is a food writer living in Los Angeles. When she's not busy writing, she spends her time in the kitchen creating both virtuous and decidedly junky vegan food. Buffalo chickpea pizza, anyone? She's also been known to eat a plain block of tofu or beans straight out of the can for lunch, but somehow those culinary adventures don't make it to her Instagram. You can follow Justina on Twitter or see what's cooking in her kitchen on her blog, A Life of Little Pleasures.