Spices for healthy living

Pomegranate Sumac Bubbly

YIELD: 12 servings        PREP TIME: 7 min          COOK TIME: 5 min



  • 1 cup superfine or caster sugar
  • 5 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier Liquor 
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons ground sumac
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chopped or pureed ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 
  • champagne, prosecco, or sparkling cider
  • 4 ounces pomegranate seeds



Place sugar, pomegranate juice, Grand Marnier, sumac, anise, ginger, and thyme into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Then simmer on low heat for 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Let it cool, then strain through a fine filter to get rid of the sumac grains. Discard the sumac grains and other infused ingredients and transfer the syrup to the fridge to chill. Before serving, place 2 teaspoons of the cooled sumac syrup into each champagne flute and add your sparkling beverage of choice. Stir the syrup into the sparkling beverage. Add a generous teaspoon of pomegranate seeds to the top. Garnish with lemon twist and a rosemary sprig coated with superfine sugar.


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