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Sparkling Pomegranate Punch Recipe

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch Recipe


Sparkling Pomegranate Punch Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/4 Cup pomegranate seeds
  • 3/4 Cups late-harvest white wine chilled
  • Ice cubes, for serving
  • 2 750ml bottles sparkling wine, chilled
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 Cup pomegranate juice

Servings1

Calories Per Serving1835

Folate equivalent (total)201µg50%

Riboflavin (B2)0.5mg27.4%


Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch – this bright, festive and fun cocktail is the perfect drink to enjoy with family and friends during the holiday season.

I love the holiday season, the decorations, the music, and, of course, getting together with family and friends to enjoy good food and good drinks. I especially love that during the holidays, extended family members, that we don’t get to see as often, come to visit us, such as my parents, who live seven hours away in Maryland, and my brother and sister-in-law who live in Paris, France.

During these special family holiday get togethers, I like to serve a signature cocktail — something festive, fun, and memorable, that gets everyone in the holiday spirit. This year, I wanted to make a cocktail using pomegranates. I love pomegranates, they have such a bright, pretty red color. Plus, they are in season during this time of year.

With pomegranates in mind, I took my twin 3-year old girls and headed over to our local Target to pick up supplies to make this year’s signature cocktail. We first went to the soda aisle, where I spotted 12-packs of 7UP TEN®. I thought the bubbly lemon-lime soda would go perfectly in my pomegranate cocktail. So, I picked up a 12-pack. I also picked up a 12-pack of Diet Sunkist® Soda. My kids, especially my 7-year old son, love orange soda, and it would be another special treat for them to enjoy during the holidays.

Also, at Target, I picked up some pomegranate juice and an ice cube tray, as I planned to make pomegranate ice cubes for my signature cocktail.

Back at home, my plan for this year’s signature cocktail came together. I would use the 7UP TEN® to create a Sparkling Pomegranate Punch. Each glass of punch would have a pomegranate sugared rim and include pomegranate ice cubes — made by freezing pomegranate seeds along with 7UP TEN® in an ice cube tray. I would pour the 7UP TEN® over the ice cubes and add a splash or two of either pomegranate liqueur or pomegranate juice. Finally, I would garnish each glass of punch with a sprig or two of fresh rosemary.

How to Make Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

I soon got to work making a test batch of this year’s signature cocktail. That way, I would have the recipe perfected for when my extended family came for their holiday visit. First, I gathered the ingredients including cans of 7UP TEN®, pomegranate seeds, pomegranate sugar, pomegranate liqueur, pomegranate juice and fresh rosemary sprigs.

Next, I made the pomegranate ice cubes. I filled an ice cube tray about halfway full with 7UP TEN®, and put the tray in the freezer for 20 minutes.

Then, I removed the tray and filled it with pomegranate seeds and more 7UP TEN®. I put the tray back in the freezer. It would need to remain there for at least four hours or until the cubes were frozen solid.

Once, the ice cubes were frozen solid, I was ready to assemble the cocktails. My first step was to rim four glasses with pomegranate sugar.

I poured some of the pomegranate sugar onto a plate. I rubbed a pomegranate seed around the rim of each glass. Then, I inverted the glass and placed it in the pomegranate sugar, twisting the glass back and forth in the sugar. I then removed the glass and repeated the process with the remaining three glasses.

Next, I placed four ice cubes into a glass, then poured 7UP TEN® over the ice cubes, filling almost to the top. I then added a splash or two of pomegranate liqueur and garnished the drink with a sprig of rosemary.

I repeated this process with the remaining glasses. For an alcohol free version, I’ll use pomegranate juice in place of the liqueur.

The resulting Sparkling Pomegranate Punch is bubbly, bright and absolutely delicious. The lemon-lime flavor of the 7UP TEN® soda really complements the pomegranate nicely.

The sugared rim adds a bit of sparkle and sweetness while the fresh green rosemary adds a wonderful fragrance and looks so pretty with the bright red cocktail — perfect holiday colors.

The pomegranate ice cubes add another pop of fun color and the best part is when they start to melt. Not only will they not water down the drink, as they are made with 7UP TEN®, rather than water, they will also release the pomegranate seeds which add a nice bursting crunchiness to the drink.

I’m really looking forward to spending time with my extended family members during this holiday season. It’s such a nice time to sit back, relax and catch up, while enjoying some delicious food and drinks, such as this cheerful and colorful Sparkling Pomegranate Punch.

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of year. I have such wonderful memories of spending time together with my immediate family as well as my parents and my brother and sister-in-law during the holidays.

I know my family and friends are going to love this bright, festive and fun Sparkling Pomegranate Punch. I cannot wait to share it with them, and to create more special holiday memories together this holiday season.

Do you have a signature cocktail for the holidays? Please let me know in the comments below! Find more recipe ideas from these perfect holiday moments.


Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Cheery, wintry citrus is perfect in this pomegranate punch, not only for its color but also for the brightness it brings to the recipe. It&rsquos wise (and easy) to double the recipe if you&rsquore expecting a large crowd.

1 (750 ml.) bottle dry, chilled sparkling wine
½ navel orange, juiced
½ lemon, juiced
½ clementine or tangerine, juiced
4 oz. gin, chilled
½ cup pomegranate seeds
1 batch ginger syrup
Tools: punch bowl, ladle
Glass: punch
Garnish: Citrus slices such as navel oranges, tangerines, lemons, or limes

Carefully add a block of ice to a punch bowl. Add all ingredients to the bowl and stir to combine. Serves 4.

Ginger Syrup
½ cup fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
½ cup cane sugar
½ cup water

Combine the ginger, sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar dissolves. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. Strain out the ginger and discard. Store the syrup in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Food written and photographed by Kimberley Hasselbrink (Ten Speed Press, © 2014)


Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

This festive punch is perfect to serve at holiday get-togethers. Its ruby red color comes from sweet-tart pomegranate juice. Champagne makes it sparkle, or use carbonated apple cider for a non-alcoholic punch.

I&rsquove always considered punch to be dessert you can sip, which is why I get really excited to see it served parties. There&rsquos something special about all those small punch cups being ladled full of sweet, potent liquid.

This punch is simple with most of the sweet flavors occurring naturally from the fruit juices we&rsquove used. It&rsquos potent, but not in a hummingbird nectar kind of way (which is how I describe most soda-based, sherbet-topped recipes). It seems more like a bolstering of antioxidants and vitamin C from winter&rsquos best fruits. Don&rsquot get me wrong &ndash it&rsquos not health food, but it&rsquos a nice departure from the norm.

Wintry ice cubes are easy to make using fresh cranberries and sprigs of rosemary. Ice cubes made with water will slightly dilute the punch as they melt, so you might consider making the frozen cubes with champagne or sparkling cider.

The garnishes of orange wheels, pomegranate arils and rosemary make the punch bowl look extra-festive and and so inviting.

I broke out the mini julep cups for serving, which probably goes against someone&rsquos rule of etiquette, but I couldn&rsquot resist! They just seemed fitting, and they kept the punch ice cold. You can find similar cups for purchase here. Keep in mind they are mini, only 4 ounces each, which is the usual serving size for punch.

This recipe makes 8 cups of punch, which is 16 (4oz) punch cup servings. You may consider doubling the recipe if you&rsquore expecting lots of guests or a particularly thirsty crowd.


Pomegranate Cranberry Punch Ingredients

As I mentioned, you only need a few simple ingredients to make this punch:

  • Pomegranate juice: I used the POM Wonderful brand of pomegranate juice. This is 100% pomegranate juice and available in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. Of course feel free to use any brand you like, but I recommend using a 100% pomegranate juice rather than a "juice cocktail" so the pomegranate flavor really comes through.
  • Cranberry juice cocktail: here, I actually did use the "cocktail" version, which is cranberry juice mixed with water and sugar. You can find 100% cranberry juice in the store, but I don't recommend that for this recipe. It would be way, way too sour! Alternatively, you could use a cranberry juice blend. This is cranberry juice mixed with other types of sweeter juices like grape. In my opinion, these blends taste a little less tart than the cranberry juice cocktail. So this could be a good alternative if you prefer a punch with a little less. "punch"! (Sorry I couldn't help myself!)
  • Garnishes: to garnish, I used slices of lemon and pomegranate seeds. Garnishing is optional but certainly festive! Feel free to use whatever garnishes you like. Orange slices would also look nice, or even mint leaves.

For the Alcoholic Pomegranate Cranberry Punch:

If you are making the alcoholic version of this punch, you will also need:

  • Champagne or sparkling wine: I'm not a very fancy person so I usually just use an affordable sparkling wine. And you don't really want to use an expensive version anyways since you are mixing it with other ingredients. I like using a Brut, which means the sparkling wine is on the dry side, but not super-duper dry (just right in my opinion!). But, as I mentioned, this punch is a bit on the tart side. If you want a sweeter punch, try using a sweeter sparkling wine!
  • Orange liqueur: there are a few different types of orange liqueur. I used Triple Sec because that's what I had on hand. There is only ¼ cup in the overall recipe, so you can use whatever orange liqueur you have or like without worrying it will drastically change the profile of the whole punch. Or, if you want to go wild, use vodka instead! (And of course, if you are making the non-alcoholic version, leave this ingredient out all together.)

For the Non-Alcoholic Version:

  • Flavored sparkling water and/or sparkling cider: this is to replace the wine if you are making the non-alcoholic version. You can use all sparkling water if you want a less sweet punch, or all cider for a sweeter punch. Or half and half for somewhere in between, the choice is yours! In my opinion, using half and half tasted the most like the original version and was my favorite. If you are using flavored sparkling water, orange, lime, or cranberry are nice choices.

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

This beautiful sparking punch is the final beverage in my 12 Cocktails of Christmas series! I had a ton of making making all of these festive cocktails throughout the holiday season to share with you. You can check out the other 11 cocktails here.

Personally, I am a big fan of punches. They are easy to throw together and work wonderfully to serve a thirsty crowd. I like to keep the alcohol pretty mild in punches – you know, nothing that will knock you on your bottom during a holiday party – more like a nice drink to carry around a mingle (while keeping your wits). They are also really low maintenance in terms of refilling, you just pour in some more juices/wine, give it a stir and you’re good to go.

Christmas always feels like the perfect time to have your beverages sparkling so this punch does just that. It’s a balanced blend of juices mixed with sparkling wine. It is also so easy to make non-alcoholic too! Just swap out the sparkling wine for some sparking water or even a sparkling cider. One of my favorite tricks for with this punch is t freeze some cranberries to throw in when you serve it. They will help keep it chilled a bit without watering it down.

This punch tastes best when it’s nice and cold, so I recommend chilling all the juices and the wine before preparing it. You can also mix the juices ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve it. Then just transfer the juice mixture to a punch bowl and pour in the sparkling wine.


Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Method:
First wash the oranges, cut them into thin slices and dice the pineapple. Cut the pomegranate in half horizontally, remove the seeds and press out the juice. Pour the pomegranate juice into a large jug or pitcher and dissolve the sugar in it while stirring vigorously. Now add the red wine, the sparkling wine, the fruits and the pomegranate seeds – and the festive cocktail is ready!


Frequently asked questions:

I have included both an alcoholic style and substitutions for the non-alcoholic variety. The alcoholic version is more of a punch than a cocktail and the vodka can be increased to personal preference.
This punch also translates very well to a non-alcoholic version. In fact, I gave it to my son and he gave it the thumbs up as one of his favorite new combinations. You may substitute the triple sec for any regular pulp-free orange juice or orange flavored water. The orange juice will change the color a bit, so orange water works as well. Obviously, skip the vodka and double the ginger ale for extra fizz. The additional ginger ale will also sweeten the drink so I wouldn’t worry about adding any additional sugar or simple syrup.

In the photographs, you will notice that I garnished this with orange slices and fresh pomegranate seeds. Fresh cranberries also work well since it is cranberry and pomegranate juice. However, if you intend to serve this Christmas Punch with straws, the pomegranate seeds can make trying to drink it a little awkward – they tend to get stuck in the straw. In that case, skip the pomegranate seeds or use fresh cranberries as well. Cranberries look cute but don’t eat them (bitter!).

Simple Mesh Strainer – use in place of most any recipe that asks for cheesecloth.
Reusable Ice Cubes – watered down drinks are terrible. These keep your drink cold without diluting it and these are clear and BPA free!
The perfect wine glasses – these stemless wine glasses are perfect for sipping!
Awesome Straws you can’t live without: I’m sure these are a limited time thing, don’t miss out on all the awesome and unique flamingo fun!


12 (makes about 7 cups) Servings

Step 1

Combine rye, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, honey simple syrup, liqueur, and bitters in a punch bowl and chill until cold, about 3 hours.

Step 2

Thirty minutes before serving, add ice cubes or ice ring (the punch tastes better slightly diluted).

Step 3

Just before serving, add club soda and garnish with cloves. Serve over ice.

How would you rate Rye and Pomegranate Punch?

What a great fall punch! Made this for a party and it was a huge hit.

This is outstanding. I made a small batch of these at Thanksgiving they they were so well received that I made them again for a big holiday party. Absolute smash hit. I'm a complete sucker for ginger so I added some peeled chopped fresh ginger root to the pot when I made the honey simple syrup (50% honey, 50% water, maybe 3" chunk of ginger). For the holiday party I served this in a punch bowl with a bit more club soda (to lessen the alcohol content a bit!) and added an ice ring made in a Bundt cake pan with ginger ale and sliced lemons. Used Bulleit rye and used Luxardo as called for in the recipe. Cannot recommend highly enough.


New Years Eve Appetizer and Drink Ideas

I’ll be taking a few plays out of my holiday handbook by sticking with the pre-made appetizers, but I’m also delegating some dishes to some friends, and I cannot wait to see what they come up with.

I have volunteered to make a specialty drink to serve and this sparkling pomegranate punch sounds just fabulous. We are planning on having around thirty people at our party, so I will probably double this recipe below, and place it in a drink dispenser like this for people to self-serve.

Cheers and Happy New Years!


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