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Pomegranate Champagne Punch
Pomegranate Champagne Punch

Can you believe its almost 2018?! I certainly can't. And I can't believe I've been blogging for 5 years!

If you've followed along, you probably know that I love champagne cocktails. So for New Year's Eve, I wanted to make a pre-midnight drink for friends, carrying the champagne theme throughout the evening. This boozy champagne punch is mixed with pomegranate juice, mint and lemons, then kicked up a notch with rum! The original recipe calls for a brut champagne but you can also use something more sweet, like my fav, Martini and Rossi - Asti. If you use something on the sweet side, omit the simple syrup noted below.

I hope you have a safe and happy new year!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2, 750ml Brut Champagne (omit simple syrup if you use a sweet champagne or sparkling wine)
  • 1 1/2 cups white rum
  • 1 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1-2 large lemons, thinly sliced
  • Seeds from one pomegranate (Here's a great video on how to seed a pomegranate)
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 1 ice block (I filled a plastic bowl halfway with water and froze over night)

Directions

  1. Combine water and sugar in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Stir until sugar dissolves, simmering for about 5 minutes. Let cool completely.
  2. Place your ice block in a punch bowl and add, champagne, pomegranate juice and rum, stirring until combined. Add simply syrup to achieve desired sweetness. 
  3. Mix in lemon slices, pomegranate seeds and mint leaves.

All photos by Jonathan Stiers ©2017 | Original recipe from Bon Appétit.

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