This sparkling rose cocktail is full of seasonal fruit flavors, it’s festive, bubbly, and refreshing – and it’s just three simple ingredients!
I’m a big fan of simple drink recipes. That’s why I wrote Essential 3-Ingredient Cocktails last year, and if that book had a holiday cocktails section, this recipe would be a top pick.
Easy, minimal prep cocktails are especially great during the holiday season. With so many festive get togethers this time of year, the food prep can get to be an all day affair. Take the stress out of preparing drinks for your guests with this quick and easy to batch Pomegranate Rosé Paloma.
What’s a Paloma?
A Paloma is a classic tequila cocktail that at its most basic is just grapefruit soda and an ounce or two of tequila -maybe a squeeze of tart lime juice to offset the sweetness. I’ve used this easy peasy template to make a light, wintery spin on the classic drink.
We’re replacing the tequila with a citrus-forward French sparkling rosé wine, and swapping out a squeeze of lime for a splash of tart pomegranate juice. And yes, you can add an ounce of blanco tequila if you like! But if you want to keep things simple and not too boozy, all you need a bottle of sparkling rosé (I recommend Yes Way Rosé Bubbles for this!)
About Yes Way Rosé
This cocktail was inspired by the crisp notes of pink grapefruit in Yes Way Rosé Bubbles. Yes Way Rosé was founded by two friends in 2013 who wanted to bring easy-drinking yet elegant French rosés to a larger audience.
They call it “the quality rosé that doesn’t take itself too seriouslé” and that perfectly describes this fun and approachable brand. The wines are crisp and dry and guaranteed to be enjoyed, whether you’re a wine expert or brand new to rose.
I also personally like that they’re very affordable. I’ve had many high quality French rosés that were much more expensive but not nearly as good! In addition to the sparkling rosé, they also have their standard (non-sparkling) Yes Way Rosé. It’s light and dry but still quite flavorful, with notes of strawberry and citrus.
Pomegranate Rosé Paloma ingredients:
- Quality dry sparkling rose
- Premium grapefruit soda
- Pomegranate juice
- Grapefruit and mint, to garnish
What grapefruit soda to use
I used the ultra light, tart and bubbly premium grapefruit soda from Q Mixers. This grapefruit soda is perfectly pink and crystal clear, making it really fun to mix with.
It leans more dry than the Italian-style grapefruit sodas you’ll find at stores like Whole Foods, but you can use any grapefruit soda that you can find, including the likes of Fever-Tree, Izze, Jarritos, or Ting.
Fresh or bottled pomegranate juice
Fresh juices are always best when making cocktails, but it’s ok to use a bottled pomegranate juice here like POM Wonderful. I’ve made this recipe with fresh and bottled juices, both with great results.
I served the Pomegranate Rosé Paloma in the Edge Wine Glasses from Elixir Glassware. These gorgeous glasses are available on Amazon. Don’t need a whole new set of wine glasses? They come in a set of two!
As someone with way too many glasses, I love being able to just buy one or two new glasses at a time. Elixir also makes some beautiful Champagne Flutes. Check out both of these glasses in my Blood Orange Cocktail Recipes over on Instagram.
Garnish with fresh grapefruit and mint
Finding fresh mint in the wintertime isn’t always easy, but if you can get it, it adds a cool, refreshing aroma to this citrusy cocktail. Fresh rosemary is another fragrant garnish that pairs beautifully with the flavors of the drink and it smells like the holidays!
How to batch for a group
This recipe is so easy and because you don’t need to shake or stir in advance, you can quickly setup several drinks at a time. Set out six wine glasses and in each place a grapefruit wheel or slice and enough ice to fill the glass about three quarters.
In a pitcher, combine about a half cup of pomegranate juice with about two and a half cups of grapefruit soda. Give the mixture one gentle stir with a long spoon to combine, then divide the liquid between the six wine glasses.
Pop open a bottle of chilled sparkling rosé and top each glass with four ounces of wine. Garnish with mint or rosemary.
You may also enjoy these other sparkling wine cocktail recipes:
- Cranberry Christmas Morning Mimosas
- Strawberry Negroni Sbagliato
- Pink 75 (Sparkling Rosé Cocktail for Summer)
- 5 Rosé Cocktails for Summer
Pomegranate Rosé Paloma (Easy Sparkling Rosé Cocktail)
- ¾ oz pomegranate juice
- 3 oz premium grapefruit soda (I used Q Mixers Grapefruit)
- 4 oz sparkling rosé wine (I used Yes Way Rosé Bubbles)
- Fill a wine glass with ice. Pour the ingredients over the ice and stir gently to combine.
- Garnish with grapefruit and a fresh herb like mint or rosemary.