The poinsettia has become a traditional Christmas decoration. This distinctive red flower graces many a home during the holidays. It has also inspired a champagne cocktail called the Pomegranate Poinsettia. Highlighting the flavors of pomegranate, orange, and champagne, the Poinsettia drink recipe truly deserves to be a Christmas mainstay.
- 1 oz pomegranate liqueur
- 1 oz Cointreau
- 1 oz orange juice
- 3 oz champagne
- Orange twist (optional)
- Pomegranate seeds (optional)
Add Cointreau, pomegranate liqueur, and orange juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Slowly stir in champagne. Strain into a champagne flute or wine glass. You can garnish with pomegranate seeds or an orange twist for some extra style and flavor. Some versions of this drink substitute vodka for Cointreau, and cranberry juice for pomegranate liqueur.
The Poinsettia cocktail combines the flavors of pomegranate, champagne, and orange into a delightful holiday drink. The bright red color resembles the Christmas flower of the same name, and the pomegranate-orange flavor fits the holiday theme.
The Poinsettia and Christmas
The Poinsettia is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, who brought the plant from Mexico to the United States in 1828. The plant first became associated with Christmas in 16th century Mexico. A Christmas legend tells of a girl too poor to offer a Christmas gift to Jesus. Inspired by an angel, she gathered random weeds and planted them by the altar. In the morning, the weeds has transformed into the brilliant red flower. The Poinsettia became a Christmas staple in America through the efforts of Paul Ecke, Jr. Ecke’s family had dominated Poinsettia production in the States for three generations, but Paul popularized the Poinsettia by sending free plants to television stations from November to Christmas. For decades, the Eckes also possessed a proprietary process that allowed their Poinsettias to bloom in a fuller and more colorful manner.