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Cranberry Pomegranate Bellinis with Lime

A cranberry and pomegranate-infused simple syrup is mixed with champagne (or seltzer) and a squeeze of lime for a sparkling drink that’s perfect for celebrating the holidays or ringing in the New Year.

Cranberry Pomegranate Bellinis with Lime ~ can be made with champagne or seltzer, perfect during the holidays or for New Year's | {Five Heart Home}The countdown to Christmas is down to the wire…are you ready??? I simply cannot believe how quickly December flew by this year. Heck, I can’t believe how quickly 2013 flew by! Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to celebrating Christmas this week and ringing in the New Year next week. And today I’m sharing a refreshing bellini that’s perfectly suited to both occasions!

Cranberry Pomegranate Bellinis with Lime ~ can be made with champagne or seltzer, perfect during the holidays or for New Year's | {Five Heart Home}First off, how festive and pretty is this drink, looking all red and bubbly and cheery?! But aside from its pretty color, this beverage is also delicious, with a flavor that’s simultaneously sweet and tart. Cranberries are the signature fruit of the holiday season, and pomegranates are all the rage these days. Add in a squeeze of lime, which enhances just about any fruity drink, and you have a cocktail that’s ideal for celebrating the holidays!

Cranberry Pomegranate Bellinis with Lime ~ can be made with champagne or seltzer, perfect during the holidays or for New Year's | {Five Heart Home}These bellinis would be perfect for a party. Individual drinks can be made as they are requested, or you can assemble a whole pitcher for guests to serve themselves. And while a true bellini is made with Prosecco (an Italian sparkling wine), you can certainly substitute your favorite champagne in this recipe. Making a non-alcoholic version is easy as well, by using seltzer in place of the Prosecco.

Cranberry Pomegranate Bellinis with Lime ~ can be made with champagne or seltzer, perfect during the holidays or for New Year's | {Five Heart Home}Rather than the peach puree traditionally used in bellinis, this recipe relies on a fruit juice-based simple syrup. (If you’ve been hanging around here for awhile, you already know that I like to have fun with simple syrup!) Since I wanted my cranberry and pomegranate flavors to be as pure as possible, I bought 100% juice in both cases, rather than a cranberry juice cocktail with apple and white grape juice added in for sweetness. That’s right…the cranberry juice I bought had no added sugar and was tart with a capital T. However, by the time I added in the naturally sweeter pomegranate juice and incorporated plenty of sugar in turning the whole concoction into a simple syrup, the overly tart cranberry juice was but a distant memory. However, if the juice you buy is already sweetened — with sugar or the addition of other fruit juices — just be sure to reduce the amount of sugar used in the simple syrup (I would probably cut it in half) so that you don’t end up with an overly sweet drink.

Cranberry Pomegranate Bellinis with Lime ~ can be made with champagne or seltzer, perfect during the holidays or for New Year's | {Five Heart Home}So are you thirsty yet? I know that I’ll be enjoying a few of these bellinis over the holidays and again as I welcome in 2014. This drink is festive, it’s fun, it’s fruity…and I think it will be a hit whether you serve it for Christmas or use it to toast in the New Year with your honey. Enjoy, friends!

Cranberry Pomegranate Bellinis with Lime

Yield: 12 bellinis (if using full amount of sugar in simple syrup and 1 1/2 to 2 bottles of Prosecco)

Cranberry Pomegranate Bellinis with Lime

A cranberry and pomegranate-infused simple syrup is mixed with champagne (or seltzer) and a squeeze of lime for a sparkling drink that's perfect for celebrating the holidays or ringing in the New Year.

Ingredients

    For the simple syrup:
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened 100% cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened 100% pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • For each bellini:
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 3 to 4 ounces Prosecco/champagne (or seltzer)
  • Squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • Whole cranberries and slices of lime for garnish, optional

Directions

    To make simple syrup:
  1. In a small pot, stir together fruit juices and sugar.
  2. Set pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Turn to low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring until sugar completely dissolves.
  4. Pour syrup in a jar and cool completely. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  5. To make a bellini:
  6. Pour 1 ounce of cranberry-pomegranate simple syrup into a champagne flute. Top with 3 to 4 ounces of Prosecco. Squeeze a wedge of lime into the bellini. For a garnish, use a toothpick to skewer a whole cranberry and half slice of lime, if desired.

Tips, Tricks, & Variations

If your cranberry and/or pomegranate juice is already sweetened, reduce the amount of sugar in the simple syrup to 1/2 cup.

To make a pitcher of bellinis, mix 1 cup of cranberry-pomegranate simple syrup with a 750mL bottle of Prosecco. Squeeze in the juice of one lime. Taste and add additional simple syrup, if desired.

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Comments

  1. These look delicious and would be perfect for New Year’s Eve. I am pregnant but the rest of the guests would like a little champange. Easy to do it either way. Thanks for sharing.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Congratulations on your baby, Sarah! I’m glad that you will be able to enjoy these over the holidays, too! I always felt a little left out during my three pregnancies when everyone else was drinking something fun and fruity that I couldn’t have, so I’m happy that these can be adapted either way. :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Great recipe! December has gone so fast and Christmas went even faster. Looking forward to celebrating the new year. Thanks for a festive little drink to go with the party!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I totally agree, Sami…I can’t believe that December and Christmas are already here and gone! Time to welcome the New Year… :) Enjoy this drink and have fun celebrating!

  3. YUM! I adore bellini’s and this sounds incredible! Stopped over from TT&J’s Link party and so glad I did…Now excuse me while I get lost drooling over all these incredible recipes :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment, Christine…I’m a fan of bellinis, too! I appreciate you stopping by and hope you have a great weekend! :)

  4. What a gorgeous bellini! Love the twist of flavors you put in this pretty drink. Love how you shared this with all of us over at the Show Stopper Saturday link party this morning, Samantha!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks for stopping by to comment, Gloria, and for hosting Show Stopper Saturday each week! I hope you have a wonderful 2014!

  5. These look fantastic! I really like the non-alcoholic version for the kids and teens. Yum!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Tammi! My boys love this drink with seltzer…and I have to say, I rather enjoy it with Prosecco. ;) Time to make another batch simple syrup in time for New Year’s! Hope you and your crew enjoy it, too! :)

  6. I love this recipe, and your photos are absolutely gorgeous! This is such a perfect New Year’s Eve cocktail. We’d love for you to stop by and share it with us at Saturday Night Fever too. I’m pinning this one for sure. Thanks!

  7. Oh my! These bellinis look delicious! I will be making one for my self soon :)

  8. Oh I have had some good times that involved pitchers of bellinis. Pinned to my “Bar Menu” board.
    Cheers,
    Stephanie

  9. Mmmmmm! These look SO good! You are the queen of delicious recipes, my friend! Have a wonderful New Year!

    ~Abby =)

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