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Pomegranate Prosecco

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Today is New Year’s Eve!!  What do you have planned?  Are you going out tonight?  Are you hosting a party?  Do you just stay in, and hang out with your family?  We just stay in.  My birthday is tomorrow and my parents are here this year, so we will probably go out to dinner to celebrate, then hang out. We will see if we even make it to midnight!

For those of you hosting parties, or even just hanging out, I have a fun and festive drink for your night.  This is really easy to make.  I just put a few pomegranate seeds in a glass, squeezed in some lime juice, and topped with Prosecco (a sweet champagne).  The lime adds a little tart to the sweet champagne, and it is just a little different than plain champagne.

I hope that you had a great 2012, and that your 2013 is even better!

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Sparkling Fall Sangria

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I like wine.  Mainly I like red wine, but every once in a while I like a good chilled crisp white wine.  Especially in the summer.  Another thing I like is Moscato.  When I lived in Iowa, my friend Katie and I would often have a girls night in, with a bottle, or two, of our favorite Moscato.  Often mixed with POM juice to make these Bellini’s.

So when Moscato contacted me to see if I was interested in trying out some of their products, I couldn’t answer fast enough.  The only problem.  Katie is not here to sample them with me.  So what is a girl to do?  Make the best of it, and turn one of them into Sangria!  I mean, I know one of the bottles was a Sangria already, but I wanted to try my own version.

I wanted to use fall fruits in here.  I went with apples and raspberries, but you could really use whatever you want.  This was the perfect sweet, fizzy, and delicious treat for a Saturday afternoon.  And wine soaked apples are delicious to snack on.  They are apples, so it was a healthy snack, right?

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Pomegranate Bellini

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  There is always something magical about kids on Christmas.  I had a wonderful weekend with my family.  We went to see a movie, went up in the mountains to take my in-laws snowshoeing, and went to a couple local breweries for tastings.  My husband and I even got to go to dinner just us!  We tried this really great Greek restaurant, that I can’t wait to go back to.  My in-laws leave today, so it is back to normal at least for another week.  My parents come next weekend!

It is Holiday Recipe Club again.  For this round, Erin over at The Big Fat Baker assigned the challenge as wines, white chocolate or marscapone.  I picked wine!  Traditionally we have Bellini’s for holidays in my family.  We like to change up the fruit, but my favorite is Pomegranate.  Pear is also really good!  It is super simple to make, and can be made with any fruit that you like.  Basically, you make a simple syrup out of your fruit, and then add Sparkling Wine.

My Champagne glasses didn’t get unpacked, so my pictures aren’t super pretty.  It separates more and looks  pretty in a tall Champagne flute, but it tastes the same no matter what :)  This would be very festive and perfect for a New Year’s Eve party.  You could even sprinkle in a few pomegranate seeds if you had them.  You can freeze any leftover syrup.  I have frozen it in ice cube trays before, as well as in a large container, both work very well.

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