Orange pomegranate cocktails with champagne are an easy and festive cocktail is the perfect way to ring in the New Year! Made with an orange pomegranate syrup, topped with champagne, and rimmed with gold glitter, pomegranate arils and orange rind. Celebrate in style with these gorgeous and bright drinks!
I am SUPER excited that my friend Laura from Sprinkles and Sea Salt is here today to share this fantastic champagne cocktail with you! I have known Laura for years now – I actually forget how I came to know her, but we have been traveling in the same blogger circles for a while. I love her balance of healthy and indulgent recipes! A celebratory toast with this champagne cocktail to the new year seems especially poignant for me right now – we have much to be thankful for and we are definitely celebrating a new family member!
Hi! I’m Laura, I am the voice of Sprinkles and Sea Salt, a food focused blog with a variety of recipes for a balanced lifestyle! I’m so happy to be guest posting today for Jenni while she is on maternity leave! I’m so glad to meet all of you!
Today I am sharing a NYE cocktail recipe! Really you could drink this Orange Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail for any occasion, but it has a fancy vibe making it perfect for NYE celebrations!
Champagne is synonymous with celebration, which makes it the go-to beverage for New Years! You are either celebrating all the good things that have happened in the past year or you are celebrating saying “catcha later year” and “hello to a brand new year”!
That is where the pomegranate comes in! A lesser known symbol of celebration, the pomegranate represents prosperity. It was distinguished as such by the Ancient Egyptians and you can see it as a symbol in Greek Mythology.
So it doesn’t seem like a bad idea that we’ve cracked one open to add it to our NYE cocktail!
How to make this easy champagne cocktail
This cocktail is really easy to make! For the full set of directions, make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below.
Make the orange pomegranate reduction:
- Pour pomegranate juice into a small, heavy bottomed sauce pan
- Squeeze the juice of both oranges into the pan, being careful not to let any seeds in
- Add the sugar and whisk until it dissolves.
- Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, whisking quite often.
- Reduce the heat to medium low and let simmer about 5 minutes
- Remove the pan from the heat and carefully pour the syrup into a glass container to cool completely.
- Chill until ready to serve.
*Note: The orange pomegranate syrup can be stored in an air tight class container the fridge for up to 5 days.
Assemble the drink:
- Evenly distribute the orange pomegranate syrup into the champagne flutes
- Top each flute with champagne
- Garnish with gold sprinkles, pomegranate seeds and orange rind
And there you have it, a perfect cocktail to help ring in the New Year! I hope you enjoy this champagne cocktail!
- Make sure to use a champagne flute for this recipe! It helps the bubbles last longer because there is less surface area for the bubbles to go flat.
- As you pour the champagne, gently tip the glass to the side a little and pour slowly. The angle will help prevent the bubbles from overflowing the top.
What can I use instead of champagne?
You could substitute the champagne with a Prosecco or another sparkling wine.
If you want to make a non alcoholic version, use a sparkling grape juice or just soda water!
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Orange Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 2 oranges
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- gold sprinkles optional
- 1 bottle champagne
- ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
- Using a potato peeler, slice a few pieces of orange rind from the oranges to use as garnish. Place in a plastic bag and place in the fridge until ready to serve.
Make the orange pomegranate syrup:
- Pour the pomegranate juice into a small, heavy bottomed sauce pan.
- Squeeze the juice of both oranges into the pan (about ½ cup), be careful not to let any seeds through.
- Add the sugar and whisk until dissolved.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce the heat to medium low and let simmer about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool, and then chill.
- Wet the rim of the champagne flute and dip the flute in a pile of sprinkles to coat the rim, then set aside
- Pour ⅙ of the cooled mixture into a champagne flute.
- Tild each glass at an angle and slowly pour in the champagne.
- Garnish with pomegranate seeds and orange rind.