Pomegranate-Vanilla Sparkler

One of the questions I’m asked most often is where I get inspiration for recipes. It’s a hard question to answer because most the time I know I’m inspired though I can’t really pinpoint why. Was it that trip I just took? That art show I just saw? The album I was just listening to? Or that hike I took the other day? Sometimes though I can pinpoint precisely where and when I got inspired, like with this non-alcoholic pomegranate-vanilla cocktail.

I worked with OpenSky to add these upcycled tumblers to my store because I’ve been giving them as gifts for my eco-conscious friends for the past few years and they’ve always been well received. When asked what I’d put in them, something bubbly and colorful came to mind and, in an effort to play up the festive nature of the green glass, I came up with this red-hued pomegranate soda.

For a homemade gift, you could gift the syrup in a large canning jar — perhaps even with a recipe for the drink and a few of the Bottlehood tumblers. If you’re feeling adventurous (and have a lot of spices on hand), go ahead and add a few cardamom cloves, or a star anise piece with the vanilla. And, if you haven’t yet had your fill of libations, feel free to spike it with a shot of your favorite booze — it’s safe to say either rum or bourbon would work especially well.

Pomegranate-Vanilla Sparkler Recipe

  • Makes 1 quart (4 cups) syrup/enough for 8 drinks
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Hands On Time: 10 mins


  • For the syrup:
  • 4 cups 100% (no sugar added) pomegranate juice (such as Pom Wonderful)
  • 1 cup agave nectar
  • 2 vanilla beans
  • For the drink:
  • 4 cups pomegranate-vanilla syrup
  • 4 cups chilled club soda


    • For the syrup:

Combine juice and agave in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Using the tip of a sharp knife, split the vanilla beans in half lengthwise then scrape out the inside and add it and the beans to a the saucepan.

When it boils, add vanilla beans, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside until room temperature, about 1 hour. (Syrup can be made up to 1 week ahead of time and stored refrigerated in an airtight container.)

    • For the drink:

Combine 1/2 cup each syrup and club soda in a tall glass*, fill with ice, and stir.

*Fine Print: The glasses in this photo are for sale in my OpenSky store. While this is not a sponsored post, I do get reimbursed if you buy through my OpenSky store.

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