12 Days of Hors d’Oeuvres and Cocktails: Day 5

by Tokyo Terrace on December 1, 2009

Wild Mushroom Pate with Parmesan Crisps and Pomegranate Spiked Champagne

There is something so beautiful and festive about champagne. Whenever I think of champagne, I think of the movie “An Affair to Remember”. The pink champagne, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr make for a perfect combination. Today’s pairing is a light and festive twist on classic holiday ingredients: champagne and pomegranate juice.

Pairing a drink as light and simple as this with something earthy like Debi’s Wild Mushroom Pate with Parmesan Crisps is a no-fail choice. The dry flavor of the champagne with the tartness of the pomegranate works beautifully to cut through the flavors of the pate without over-powering them. This cocktail is also easy to put together on short notice. I even noticed while I was home this year that some stores in the U.S. have seeded the pomegranates already and sell them in containers. This could not be any easier. Honestly.

For an added bonus, this cocktail makes a presentation that is unmatched by other holiday drinks. The pomegranate seeds float gently to the surface with the help of the delicate bubbles in the champagne, creating a beautiful ruby colored layer to the glass.

With so many special feelings coming along with the holidays, this cocktail brings those feelings into liquid form. Beautiful and delicious- who could ask for more?

For Debi’s delicious recipe for Wild Mushroom Pate and Parmesan Crisps, click here.

Also, check out the previous days in this series of cocktail and hors d’oeuvres pairings by clicking the links below:

Day 1

Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

Pomegranate Spiked Champagne
Makes 6 cocktails

1 bottle champagne
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
Pomegranate seeds for garnish

Divide the champagne and pomegranate juice between 6 champagne flutes. Add the pomegranate seeds for garnish.

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  • julie gordon

    Hi..I think I’ll try to pom. and champ. drink. Where did you find the juice and the fruit in Tokyo? The other appetizers look great but far beyond my cooking ability..I’m thinking a bag of chips and pouring salsa into a bowl!

  • julie gordon

    Hi..I think I’ll try to pom. and champ. drink. Where did you find the juice and the fruit in Tokyo? The other appetizers look great but far beyond my cooking ability..I’m thinking a bag of chips and pouring salsa into a bowl!

  • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite

    OMG I love everything about this pairing! From the sweet Pom arils to the dry champagne and the earthy mushrooms…. Of course, anything involving champagne is usually pretty good but this looks spectacular! I just posted a couple of POM posts on my blog too – check them out!

  • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite

    OMG I love everything about this pairing! From the sweet Pom arils to the dry champagne and the earthy mushrooms…. Of course, anything involving champagne is usually pretty good but this looks spectacular! I just posted a couple of POM posts on my blog too – check them out!

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  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com/ Divina

    That is so gorgeous Rachel. I could drink this for New Year’s Eve. Love the color and the combination.

  • http://www.sense-serendipity.blogspot.com Divina

    That is so gorgeous Rachel. I could drink this for New Year’s Eve. Love the color and the combination.

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com/ wasabi prime

    Absolutely beautiful! My first thought was how did you get the seeds to float?? But I love that the bubbly is so effervescent that it keeps them at the top! I will have to try it, as I’m an equal fan of the bubbly as I am the little ruby red seeds. I’ve been eating them like crazy even if they make my fingers look like bloody murder. What a gorgeous beverage.

  • http://wasabiprime.blogspot.com wasabi prime

    Absolutely beautiful! My first thought was how did you get the seeds to float?? But I love that the bubbly is so effervescent that it keeps them at the top! I will have to try it, as I’m an equal fan of the bubbly as I am the little ruby red seeds. I’ve been eating them like crazy even if they make my fingers look like bloody murder. What a gorgeous beverage.

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  • http://www.minnesotaimage.com/ Jenn

    The drink is SO pretty.

  • http://www.minnesotaimage.com Jenn

    The drink is SO pretty.

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  • http://www.instructables.com/ Sarah

    This would be a perfect entry for the Instructables Cocktails vs. Mocktails contest. The prizes are great, and you’ve already done all the hard work! Check it out: http://www.instructables.com/contest/cocktailsvsmocktails/
    In fact, you should enter them all!!! Deadline is Jan 7 I think. Good luck!

  • http://www.instructables.com Sarah

    This would be a perfect entry for the Instructables Cocktails vs. Mocktails contest. The prizes are great, and you’ve already done all the hard work! Check it out: http://www.instructables.com/contest/cocktailsvsmocktails/
    In fact, you should enter them all!!! Deadline is Jan 7 I think. Good luck!

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  • http://theurbanbaker.blogspot.com/ susan

    love your photos. how do you post them so big? thanks

  • http://theurbanbaker.blogspot.com susan

    love your photos. how do you post them so big? thanks

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