Last Minute Signature Cocktail

If you’re hosting a new year’s eve party, I’d hope that by now you have your menu planned. (If not, I’m not judging, but you should probably start figuring out what you’re going to serve. The stores don’t stay open forever, you know.)

Here’s a little help with a last minute cocktail that’s pretty easy to make and doesn’t involve too many ingredients or steps (as in, you’re not going to be muddling seven herbs while your guests are whoppin’ it up in the other room.)

I found this recipe on the UK version of the Food Network when searching for things to serve at my Spanish freak-out Christmas dinner. Cava is a Spanish sparkling wine, but if you’re in a rush (and at this point, you probably are…), then any sparkling wine would probably work, including champagne.

Cava Cocktail

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1 fl oz pomegranate juice
  • 3¼ fl oz Cava sparkling wine
  • Pomegranate arils (These are the seedy bits from inside the pomegranate. Don’t be afraid. I actually found them pre-packaged at Costco.)

Place a sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute. Pour the pomegranate juice over it, then the Cava. Drop a few pomegranate arils into the glass. Serve. Couldn’t be easier!


Now, despite my woeful photography skills, this is a very pretty cocktail–especially when served in the old fashioned champagne glasses rather than the modern flutes.

cava cocktail

My sister has very good taste in glassware.

Now, I suppose you could substitute cranberry juice for the pomegranate, but it would be less sweet. And, if going the pom juice route, you don’t really need the sugar cube to sweeten the drink. But as the cube dissolves in the sparkling wine, it makes fun bubbles. (Yup, I just wrote “fun bubbles” to describe a drink.)

Anyway, have a safe and happy new year!


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