Pomegranate & Berry Sparkling Recipe

Enhanced with fresh fruits, and with a characteristic red colour, a pomegranate & berry sparkling is the perfect drink for any summery occasion, although it can be served during pretty much any season. Pomegranate and raspberry are the two main components of the drink, and they complement each other perfectly – the tangy, tart flavour of the pomegranate is balanced out by the sweetness of the raspberries, making for a beverage that offers a medley of different flavours in a single glass.

In addition to the taste, the attractive and sparkling red colour serves as an eye-catching sight on any table, and the drink is also great from the health point of view, given that it contains ingredients that help in reducing heart disease risk factors, and are packed with nutrients like vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, and potassium.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Serving Size: Serves 10 people
Utensils: Serving glasses, spoon, fork

Ingredients:
– 300g pack of frozen raspberries
– 60ml / 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
– 2 ½ tablespoons caster sugar
– 2 x 750ml sparkling wine, chilled
– 125g punnet of fresh raspberries
– Lime wedges for garnishing

Instructions

  • 1

    Start by putting the 300g pack of frozen raspberries in your freezer, and keep it there until the berries are completely hard and frozen.

  • 2

    Once the berries become hard and firm, take the pack of raspberries out of the freezer. Line up your ten serving glasses (use any type of bar glass you prefer), and equally distribute the frozen raspberries among these glasses.

  • 3

    Next, add a small amount of caster sugar to each glass, and use a fork to crush the berries lightly. You don’t want to grind them into a puree – instead, simply bruise and slightly flatten all the berries, to release their juices.

  • 4

    Pour the pomegranate juice into the glasses over the sugar and the crushed berries – make sure you pour this so that there is an equal amount of juice in each glass. Wait a few seconds, to allow the flavours to seep into each other, and then stir with a spoon, until all the sugar is dissolved. Do not allow any undissolved sugar granules to remain, as these will become unpleasant, crunchy grains in the otherwise smooth and clear beverage.

  • 5

    Finally, top each glass with a generous amount of chilled sparkling wine, and garnish each glass with lime wedges. Your pomegranate & berry sparkling is now ready – serve chilled, with a side of fresh raspberries.

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