Winter is in full swing, which means pomegranates are everywhere. Why not enjoy them in a delicious cocktail? This Pomegranate Aperol Spritz is a healthier, lower-alcohol cocktail!
I received free samples of POM Wonderful mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by POM Wonderful and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Years ago while in Italy, I discovered this drink called an Aperol Spritz. Everyone seemed to have this refreshing, fancy-looking cocktail in front of them at the cafes. Turns out, its a “traditional” Italian aperitif. Naturally, I began ordering them everywhere! When in Rome… or, in this case, Cinque Terre.
Inspired by my favorite aperitif, I decided to use the delicious juice that POM Wonderful sent over to create my own version. They’re quick to mix up and if you use an inexpensive sparkling wine like prosecco, they’re also inexpensive.
One of the things I like the most about a spritz is that its low alcohol. If you overdid it a bit during the holidays (*cough* not me *cough*), this is the drink for you. An Aperol spritz is something you can have one or two of before dinner without stumbling to the table. It’s also healthier thanks to the pomegranate juice!
POM Wonderful 100% Juice is powered by antioxidants. The pomegranate is whole-pressed, meaning a unique blend of polyphenol antioxidants from two whole pomegranates – including its fruit, pith and rind – is found in each 8 oz bottle. Just as importantly, research that includes POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice uses 8 oz per day in its studies on muscle strength recovery, memory and cognition, microbiome, and more. So…. this is basically a post-workout detoxifying muscle recovery drink. 😉
In case you’re wondering what in the world Aperol is… well, its a delicious Italian liqueur. It is an infusion of ingredients including bitter and sweet orange, as well as a secret combination of herbs and roots. The result is similar to Campari, but not quite as bitter. It’s at once sweet, bitter and herbal.
Not only is this cocktail delicious and nutritious, but it’s also a party in a glass. The colorful pomegranate seeds dance in the glass thanks to the carbonation!
Pro tip: Turn this into a brunch drink by putting it in a champagne flute and calling it a pomegranate mimosa.
Pomegranate Aperol Spritz
- 2 tsp pomegranate seeds
- 1/2 C POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
- 1/3 C sparkling wine
- 1/3 C sparkling water
- 1/2 oz Aperol
In a balloon wine glass, place a few cubes of ice and the pomegranate seeds. Add remaining ingredients and give a quick stir.
For a fancier dinner table drink, make it in a champagne flute without ice (pictured above). Reduce the amount of pomegranate juice and sparkling water to 1 oz each.
This drink works well with Spanish cava, processo, or champagne.
Just because it’s chilly outside doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a fruity cocktail. Cheers!
Are you a pomegranate juice fan?
What’s your favorite aperitif?