Thursday, December 16, 2010

Crowd-friendly Pomegranate Punch

Pomegranate Punch (click for the recipe) from the December 2010 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine is smooth, with just the right amount of sweetness.
   Children and adults will like it (although there is a carbonated beverage added, possibly making it inappropriate for younger children). It would work at any type of gathering, from brunch to a dinner party.
   You can spike it with vodka or keep it non-alcoholic – both ways are delicious.
    It could be served in a punch bowl or individually in tall glasses. If you choose to add vodka, I recommend using individual glasses, and adding about ½ ounce of vodka to each drink.
   A couple of tips and tricks I learned from making the recipe:
   1. It calls for apricot nectar. I substituted a peach/apple/orange juice blend in the same amount – ¾ cup. It worked like a charm.
   2. You’ll get a better hint of mint – highly recommended – if you stir the mint syrup, pomegranate juice and apricot nectar (or juice!) together and let it chill for a few hours in advance of serving with seltzer (or club soda). This is also a good thing to do if you don’t want to serve all the punch at once – you can add seltzer or club soda when you’re ready to serve more.
   3. As noted in point 2 above, we used club soda instead of seltzer! It was chilled in the fridge before being added to the syrup-pomegranate juice blend.

   The punch is very easy to make. The recipe is for 12 servings, an amount that can easily be halved or even doubled.
   Sugar (I substituted an equal amount of Splenda), water, and pieces of sliced, peeled ginger are brought to a simmer in a small saucepan. The pan is removed from heat and fresh mint is added.
   The mixture is left to stand for 30 minutes, and is then strained. I recommend refrigerating the mint syrup until it is cold. It will keep well in the fridge, covered, for at least week.
   The syrup, pomegranate juice, apricot nectar (or substitution such peach/apple/orange juice) are stirred together. I recommend refrigerating it for a few hours.
   Pour the pomegranate mixture in a punch bowl with ice, or into individual ice-filled glasses. Add vodka if desired, then seltzer or club soda, and stir.

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