Pomegranate Prosecco Mimosa

It’s that odd time in between Christmas and New Year’s where I’m not quite sure what day it is but I do know that it’s 5:00 somewhere! That’s a good enough reason to mix a tasty holiday cocktail. A sweet blend of juice, elderflower, and prosecco, Pomegranate Prosecco Mimosa is the holiday remix to the classic mimosa.

Whether you’re opening presents, waiting on the ball to drop or brunching, Pomegranate Prosecco Mimosas are the perfect libation!

This isn’t the first time I’ve added elderflower to a cocktail. Maybe you recall my Boozy Halloween Cocktail? Elderflower adds an intriguing floral note to an otherwise sweet drink.

Two glasses of Pomegranate Prosecco Mimosa with a bottle of prosecco in the background

What is a mimosa?

A mimosa is a cocktail of champagne and chilled citrus juice, usually orange juice unless otherwise specified. While crafting cocktails is fairly simple, there are some tricks to perfecting the mimosa.

Wine to Juice Ratio

Firstly, mimosas are customizable to taste. If you prefer a stronger drink, do 2/3 sparkling wine to fruit juice ratio. For those with sweeter sensibilities, adjust accordingly.

No Ice, Please

Mimosas are best served cold! Just as you would guess with other alcohol-based drinks, ice isn’t necessary. It dilutes the beverage, taking away its flavor and potency. Instead, opt for chilled glasses.

Best Served Fresh

When you’re entertaining, it’s tempting to pre-make everything on the menu. But, if you make mimosas too soon before serving, the bubbles will dissipate and no one wants flat sparkling wine. It’s so quick to make, there’s really no need to make these ahead of time.

Champagne vs Prosecco:

Champagne is a sparkling wine from France and Prosecco is from Italy. The difference in price is partially from the production method used to make each wine. Champagne is a lot more time intensive to produce and thus, more expensive.

What’s a good substitute for champagne in a mimosa?

If you have champagne taste and a modest budget, dry prosecco is an inexpensive alternative. Prosecco is a sparkling Italian wine. Most people can’t tell the difference between the two and since mimosas are a blended beverage, prosecco will taste just as good as the real thing.

Why pomegranate?

Confession time: I’m not a fan of orange juice in my mimosa but I’ll never turn down a glass of bubbly. The great thing about mimosas is that you can mix your wine with just about any fruit juice.

Pomegranate juice is the perfect stand in for OJ. It’s sweet, tart and (dare I say it) healthy. Fresh pomegranate juice is packed with antioxidants and Vitamin C.

How do you sugar pomegranates?

The best part of the Pomegranate Prosecco Mimosa are the sugared pomegranates I add for garnish. They’re a sweet touch to an already irresistible drink.

Candying fruit involves a simple technique of blanching fruit in simple syrup. I add maple syrup to pomegranate seeds then coat it with sugar. You’ll want to have these ready to go before you make your mimosas.

Pomegranate Prosecco Mimosa

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Course: DrinksDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

0

minutes
Calories

135

kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Prosecco

  • 2 oz Pomegranate Juice (fresh or bottle)

  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice

  • 1/2 oz Elderflower Liqueur

  • Lime for garnish (optional)

  • Sugared Pomegranates
  • 1/2 c Maple Syrup

  • 2 c Pomegranate Seeds

  • 1 1/2 c Granulated Sugar

Directions

  • Run lime around the rim of chilled glasses then coat in granulated sugar.
  • Combine pomegranate juice, lime juice and elderflower in a separate mixer and shake. Pour equal portions into glasses.
  • Pour Prosecco until glass is filled. Cheers!
  • Sugared Pomegranates
  • In a medium bowl, stir together 2 cups of fresh pomegranates with 1/2 cup maple syrup. Let sit 10-15 minutes. Then add them to a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Toss the pomegranates 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar until all are coated. Allow them to dry, in a single layer, for at least one hour.
  • Add one slice of lime and a pomegranate to each glass.
 

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