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Festive Mocktail with Pomegranate and Apple:The festive season is upon us and that means lots of drinks parties – friends and colleagues getting together to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. It is a fun and sociable time of the year and a great reason to push the boat out with special food and drink. Many people are trying to reduce the amount of alcohol they consume, and December certainly presents a challenge to a low or no-alcohol regime. Which is why I love a good mocktail. I try not to drink much and always serve a non-alcoholic option to my guests. I prefer a drink that looks good and tastes interesting too like this pomegranate mocktail. And, as a host, I also like to prepare a mocktail that can easily be transformed into an alcoholic option so that my friends can choose which they prefer.
Once I have decided what to serve, I think about how to present the drinks so that they look enticing and sophisticated. At this time of year, we all want to feel a little bit special. That’s why I was delighted to receive a couple of Dartington champagne flutes in which to serve my drinks. Dartington is based in North Devon and has been creating a beautiful range of hand-crafted crystal and glass since 1967. Dartington is hand-made using traditional craft techniques so no two items will be identical.
I often choose to pair two fruit juices when making a mocktail. In summer I enjoy making a Seabreeze with grapefruit and cranberry but at Christmas time I like to use pomegranate. Not only is the fruit bursting with vitamins, but it also has jewel-like seeds which can be scattered on top and look so festive. They are sweet, colourful and pop delightfully in the mouth.
I have paired the pomegranate with a cloudy, rather than clear, apple juice which has an intense apple flavour and adds an interesting cloudiness to the pomegranate mocktail. I top up with sparkling water or soda water. For those in the mood for an alcoholic drink, I keep prosecco or champagne in the ice bucket.
A refreshing and healthy mocktail just perfect for your Christmas drinks party. Served in beautiful Dartington champagne flutes, this aperitif can be topped up with bubbly. It will see you through the festive season.
- 1/2 litre pomegranate juice
- 1/2 litre cloudy apple juice
- 1/2 litre Sparkling water
- 1 bottle Prosecco or Champagne optional
- 1 Pomegranate seeds removed
Pour 50 ml of pomegranate juice into each champagne flute
Add 50ml of cloudy apple juice to each flute.
Cut the pomegranate in half and pick out a handful of seeds.
Top up the champagne flutes with sparkling water - approximately 100ml in each.
If you want to make the drink alcoholic, top up instead with prosecco or champagne.
Drop in 5 to 6 pomegranate seeds into each flute. They will sink initially and then come to rest on top of the drink.
If you are thinking of trying my Christmas pomegranate mocktail with apple, why not pin the recipe for later
Looking for something different? How about this mocha espresso martini – the perfect way to round off a Christmas meal.