Happy Holidays! It’s Rachel from Craving Some Creativity and I am back today with a delightful recipe that will add some merriment to your next holiday get-together. A sweet, tangy combination of cranberry, orange, and pomegranate juices combine to make this festive punch. 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. I put myself through college as a bartender and cocktail waitress at a wonderful old style bar and lounge. Although I very rarely drink, I loved the atmosphere and the fun of creating beautiful drinks. I could prattle on about the history of bourbon, but I enjoyed mixing the fruity cocktails the most. Making a perfect cocktail is certainly an art based on ratios and flavor combination. This recipe was a great joy to develop and bring back my fond memories of a different time in my life. I hope you and all of your holiday guests enjoy it!
Sparkling Holiday Punch
2 cups Pomegranate Juice, chilled
1 cup Cranberry Juice, chilled
¾ cup Vodka (6oz)
1 cup (8 oz) Triple Sec or Cointreau
1 1/2 cups Chilled Sparkling Water or Seltzer
¼ cup White Granulated Sugar
¼ cup Water
1 Orange, Sliced
In a small pot over medium heat, combine the sugar and water together. Heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. In a pitcher or punch bowl, combine all of the ingredients and top with fresh orange slices just before serving. Non-alcoholic substitutions: You may substitute the triple sec for any regular pulp-free orange juice or orange flavored water. Skip the vodka completely. Double the sparkling water for extra fizz.