Pomegranate Orange Punch.

I made us punch! Spiked pomegranate orange punch to be exact. That’s reason enough to celebrate.

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I just cannot get enough of these gorgeous autumn jewels. I want to decorate my house with pomegranate arils, I love them that much. It would probably look gorgeous aside from the potential murder scene appearance. Every time I slice one open it’s like I just walked into a Dexter scene.

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So let’s be real: I’ve been on a mission to create something non-apple flavored for Thanksgiving. And for other general November parties, things before Christmas and what not. Parties with cocktails where you’re APPLED out. I’ve completely overdone apple cider sangria, apple cider margaritas, even the apple old fashioned. I wanted something PINK!

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Truth be told, I’m not the hugest fan of orange. The only orange recipe that I 100% love is the orange cinnamon pull apart bread I made a few years ago. And that’s probably only because it reminds me of Christmas morning and those cinnamon orange rolls that come out of a can.

(*covers face and runs away and hides*)

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But in my non-apple quest, I wanted something a little sweet and citrusy, something that balanced the tartness of the pomegranate juice. We looooove pomegranate juice in this house and almost always have it on hand come the fall season. Eddie throws it in his smoothies in the morning and I can’t get enough of pomegranate margaritas.

The teeeeeniest bit of orange makes the pom taste really wonderful! Even I’ll admit it.

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Into the pitcher also goes a bottle of champagne!

Shocking. I know.

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Choose a champagne you love. I went with a semi-dry version because I still love a little sweetness but I didn’t want it TOO sweet. Because! The best part of this entire punch is the vanilla ginger syrup that gets added. I happened to have some leftover  in my fridge from making these cranberry margaritas last week.

That stuff is so freaking fantastic. I could drink it through a straw. You can absolutely add as much or as little as you’d like. It complements the ginger beer too and this entire flavor profile just WORKS.

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Also – why yes I did add sparkly gold star sprinkles because HELLO it’s punch!

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Pomegranate Orange Punch

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle semi-dry champagne
  • 8 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 8 ounces ginger beer
  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces vanilla ginger syrup
  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate arils

Directions:

Combine all ingredients together in a large pitcher or bowl and serve over ice! Since we are using champagne here, I wouldn't make this the day or night before because the bubbles will go flat. You can make it about an hour before and you'll be good.

I like to put the orange slices on the inside of the glass before the ice. Fill with ice, then with punch and a sprinkling of pom seeds!

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p.s. now let’s have a party.