Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pomegranate Sparkling Sangria with Asian Pear and November's Funny Food Blogger Posts

Delicious. Easy. Elegant. Oh how I love those three words when it comes to the holiday entertaining roller coaster we all choose to hop on this time of year.

Over the past few seasons I have become a fan of serving a welcoming or special drink when guest arrive.  Sometimes I put it in a pitcher for self serve, sometimes in glasses on a tray for guests to help themselves. 

This cuts down on running around and serving drinks as people walk in the door, freeing me up to spend more time with my guests. Love that.

When creating party cocktails I like to start with something common or basic and then layer in other flavors to make the drink more interesting and festive.

For this specialty drink, I started with a very pedestrian sangria idea. The pomegranate elevates it a bit, prosecco adds festivity and the Asian pear brings elegance. In plain words it's delicious and the perfect way to start a lovely evening.

Pomegranate Sparkling Sangria 
with Asian Pear

  • 1 bottle Red Wine
  • 1 split (half bottle) Prosecco
  • 1 cup Pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup simple syrup
  • seeds from 1 whole pomegranate
  • 2 asian pears sliced thinly
  • In a large bowl or pot mix together all the ingredients.
  • Chill until ready to serve.
  • Pour into a pitcher or.. 
  • If using glasses, reserve some of the pomegranate seeds and pear slices and garnish by adding a few pomegranate seeds to each glass and an Asian pear slice in the rim.
Food, laughing and conversation are central to any good holiday party. For your entertainment, here are some funny blog posts from this month I found amusing enough to share.


The Districtchocoholic's Richmond Marathon: How to Recover Like a Boss

Cake Wreck's  Keen for Quinoa

Bake at 350's Coffee, Tea, or...

Peabody's Peek-A-Boo

Cake Wreck's Return of the Poo Wangs!

The Art of Being Perfect's Naughty Little Monster in Japan


  1. WOW this looks so yummy and your photos are gorgeous!

  2. What time does the cocktail hour start!? This is lovely and your plate is beautiful.

  3. This is an interesting and refreshing way to serve an Asian pear. Beautiful!

  4. I have to admit I normally stay as far away from a sangria as possible. However--I'm pretty sure I could be tempted with pomegranate and prosecco! That sounds (and looks) so much lovelier than the average sangria.

    I definitely don't like acting as bartender, either! I usually just point my guests in the direction of the liquor and let them figure it out.


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