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Because not all toasts have to include alcohol, the outrageously delicious Ginger Apple Pomegranate Sparkler Mocktail is here! Pair a homemade ginger shrub with Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple-Pomegranate for a glitzy beverage that works for both brunch and New Year’s Eve.
I always say that when you host parties, you have to think of all your guests. Even if you don’t know all your guests, you have to plan for a range of tastes, allergies and dietary preferences.
For example, always make sure there’s something vegetarians can munch on at the appetizer table. Offering hummus or a veggie plate is great, but you can be more creative with something like Holiday Sweet Potato Toast Bites or Spicy Southern Cheese Straws.
This is especially true at New Year’s parties, when almost everyone will be drinking at least a glass of champagne.
But it’s super important to have something on hand for the designated drivers, the moms-to be, the not-of-age… whatever!
If you ask me, it doesn’t really matter why someone isn’t drinking! Don’t mention it — just be a good host and make sure you have something on hand. Something that is not plain, boring water or soda!
All winter long I’ve been collaborating with Martinelli’s to bring you exciting holiday party food. Remember these Apple Cider Bourbon Jell-O Shots? And this Apple Pecan Salad with Zesty Apple Dressing? And DO NOT forget these Holiday Apple Cider Pulled Pork Tacos!
Man, I miss the holidays already! And they’re not even over yet… New Year’s Eve is almost here!
Today we’re bringing you a delicious non-alcoholic beverage to enjoy this winter. The Ginger Apple Pomegranate Sparkler Mocktail is lovely for New Year’s Eve. It’s equally lovely for brunch or a Friday night.
Let’s talk about how to make it. Martinelli’s makes a sparkling cider that I grew up drinking on holidays and special occasions. My mom always had a bottle in the pantry when we were kids! It’s delicious on its own.
But this time, I wanted to explore some of Martinelli’s other sparkling cider flavors. I decided to dream up a drink using Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple-Pomegranate.
I started out with a ginger shrub to bring a tartness to this sweet drink. Ginger complements both apple and pomegranate nicely, so it fits in well.
Then I mixed it with pomegranate juice and topped it with Martinelli’s and a few juicy, crunchy pomegranate seeds.
Wondering what a shrub is? (Besides plants, that is.) Shrubs are also called “drinking vinegars,” and are often used to preserve fruits. I hadn’t heard of them before a couple years ago, but now I’m in love. They are stunning in drinks!
This one is made with shredded ginger root, sugar, water and apple cider vinegar. I’ve been drinking a few tablespoons of it with a glass of fizzy water and it’s just like a spicy homemade ginger ale — so amazingly delicious!
The ginger shrub pairs so well with Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple-Pomegranate. I think you’re going to love this mocktail, especially because you can enjoy it guilt-free!
And your non-drinking guests? They’re going to adore it too. And they’ll also adore toasting the new year with a drink in hand that’s far, far from boring. Happy New Year! // susannah
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Yields 4 cocktails
5 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
15 minTotal Time
- Peel the ginger root with a sharp knife or vegetable peeler. Grate or finely chop. Set aside.
- Add water and sugar to a medium saucepan. Cook on medium heat until sugar has dissolved, stirring frequently. Bring to a simmer and add grated ginger. Reduce heat to low. Cook 5 to 10 minutes, until shrub is fragrant. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Strain the ginger root out of the shrub. Discard the ginger. Stir in apple cider vinegar. Store in an airtight glass jar for up to 6 months. (The vinegar helps to preserve the flavor and will evolve over time.)
- To make a mocktail, add shrub and pomegranate juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into 4 champagne flutes. Top with Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple-Pomegranate. Sprinkle in 6 to 10 pomegranate seeds for garnish.
Want to make this a cocktail? Add 1 ounce of vodka to the cocktail shaker.