New Year’s Eve Champagne Cocktail!

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! Hope everyone is going to ring in the new year with lots of fun, food, friends, and family-the best way to spend any holiday in my book!

As for me, it is my last day at home with the parents in the great state of Washington. Tomorrow my husband and I go back to the Bay Area and the real world (aka work!) so we have to live it up one last night. At my house we have a NYE tradition of frying a turkey and I can’t wait! I love the taste and texture of a fried turkey. Plus, my mom cut up about 500 potatoes so we are going to have a killer late night snack of double fried french fries-mmmm can’t wait till midnight! The rest of the day we are spending watching football, playing games, making appetizers, and drinking this delicious champagne cocktail!

I first made this cocktail about 4 years ago when my roommate at the time, Christina, and I were having a party. Both being graduate students on a budget we wanted something to wow our guests and stretch our party budget as far as we could. This cocktail is not only delicious but safe on the pocketbook. You can make a big batch and use the on-sale champagne and because it is in a pitcher, no one will ever know! :)

The cocktail starts with clementine simple syrup. Simple syrup is so easy to make and can be used for so many things (this one not only works great in this cocktail but is also delicious shaken with vodka for a clementine martini!). All you do is add 1 Cup sugar and just under 1 Cup of water in a sauce pan.Then, squeeze the juice of one clementine into the mixture and throw the whole clementine in to the pot. Heating the skin of the clementine with the syrup adds a TON of flavor.

Boil the simple syrup for about 10 minutes, remove the halved clementines, and then let it cool. To speed up this process I pour the syrup into a heat safe container and pop it in the fridge or freezer. Sometimes a champagne cocktail just can’t wait!

When you are ready to make your cocktail, pour 1/2 Cup pomegranate juice into your pitcher. Add 1/4 Cup clementine simple syrup and stir.

Pour in a bottle of chilled champagne (or prosecco) in and stir gently. Serve in champagne flutes and garnish with pomegranate seeds. This recipe can be easily doubled, tripled, or even more! And I promise, no one will know you bought the $6 champagne instead of the $15 bottle, all they will say is how delicious this cocktail tastes!

Enjoy! Happy New Years Eve! Cheers to a great 2012!

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