Pomegranate-Champagne Punch

PUBLISHED ON: 12.30.2010
There is one last hurrah before we ring in the New Year.  If you are still entertaining guests and are looking for a crowd pleasing punch that is both festive and has a grown-up style, then this is your crowd pleaser.  This is not a sweet punch and those that are looking for the ginger ale variety will be disappointed.  We served this punch at our recent holiday party with rave reviews.
Pomegranate-Champagne Punch
Serves 12
Recipe from Bon Appetit
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 750-ml bottles chilled brut Champagne
1-1/2 cups white rum
1-1/4 cups pomegranate juice
1 large lemon, thinly sliced
Pomegranate seeds
Fresh mint leaves
1 ice block
Bring 1/2 cup water and sugar to boil in small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves.  Simmer 5 minutes.  Cool completely.
Combine Champagne, rum, and pomegranate juice in punch bowl.  Add enough syrup to sweeten to taste.  Mix in lemon slices, pomegranate seeds, and mint leaves.  Add ice block to bowl.

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