I made this punch for our Christmas party with friends and it was totally delicious (and packed a good buzz too)! It would also be perfect for a New Year's party, so here I am, posting the day of, for all your procrastinators out there.
Recipe via Bon Apétit. Serves 12.
I N G R E D I E N T S :
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 bottles chilled brut champagne
1 cup Bacardi or other white rum
1 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
1 lemon, thinly sliced
Sprigs of fresh mint
Pomegranate seeds (if you'd like, I didn't use any)
D I R E C T I O N S :
1) In a small saucepan, boil the water and sugar and stir until sugar dissolves and simmer 5 minutes (you're basically making simple syrup). Cool it completely.
2) Combine champagne, pom juice, and rum in a large punch bowl. Stir in syrup to taste. Garnish with mint leaves and lemon.
3) Cool with an ice block or serve with ice in punch glasses.
This was light and bubbly and a definite crowd pleaser.
So from here, I sign off for 2011, and will be back with you after the ball drops. Hope you have a lovely New Year's Eve and I'll see you in 2012!