From the fruity overtones to the fizzing soda bubbles, homemade sodas and punches make people feel special. Be the bearer of ultra-flavorful refreshment - and oh sooo beautiful presentation - with this sparkling pomegranate mint party punch.
I Just Wanna Jump Into Sparkling Pomegranate Mint Party Punch, Y'all...
I'm mesmerized by the sight of pomegranates. I mean, who isn't?? They're crazy beautiful whole. All red and round and regal-looking from the circular calyx that's situated elegantly atop each fruit.
Yes, whole pomegranates are pretty. True. But a pomegranate reveals its real beauty when cut in half to expose its dozens of perfectly imperfect arils. Containing the edible seeds and oh sooo yummy pomegranate juice, each aril explodes in your mouth with flavor and texture that's oh sooo good for you...
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I was eyeing this particular cut-in-half pomegranate in my kitchen the other day when I thought of making punch. This was indeed a foreign thought to me, as Mark and I really don't drink much punch. Nope.
But, we do have an overwhelming amount of mint growing in one section of our garden. And to me, pomegranate and mint go together like gumbo and potato salad. So, I envisioned them together immediately in some sort of refreshing beverage that would look beautiful in my fancy punch bowl.
Fruity, fizzy, minty, and full of 'I just gotta have a little bit more' flavor, this plentiful batch of homemade sparkling pomegranate mint party punch comes together easily without any fancy equipment. And the taste, y'all...It's sweet but not too sweet, with just enough mint and fizz to keep the pomegranate flavor balanced perfectly throughout each crisp, refreshing sip.
To get started, I removed the arils from the flesh, and poured them into a bowl with fresh mint, and lemon zest and juice.
Then, I added sugar and water to the mixture, and pulsed all of the homemade fruit syrup ingredients in a blender until somewhat smooth. I brought the mixture to a boil, and simmered it over low heat for several minutes to allow all of the flavors to infuse together.
After the pomegranate mint syrup cooled, I strained it. (I used a white paper towel, as I didn't have any cheesecloth on hand.)
Then, I took the crazy delicious syrup, and mixed it with soda water to create this sparkling pomegranate mint party punch that you can use to dazzle your friends at a more upscale event...
Or to make hanging out with your best bud even more memorable...
Or to just enjoy all by yourself whenever you need a little something yum-special...
Yep and yay for all of the possibilities this sparkling pomegranate mint party punch can bring into your daily life. Enjoy often, and see y'all on the yum side...
Sparkling Pomegranate Mint Party Punch
- 1 pomegranate
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves torn
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- 2 liters chilled club soda
- Cut pomegranate in half, and remove arils from flesh.
- Place arils and remaining ingredients in blender or food processor. ( Reserve several arils for garnishes, if desired.
- Pulse for about 45 seconds, or until well-combined.
- Pour syrup in a saucepan. Heat to boiling, then simmer for 15 minutes.
- Let cool.
- Place cheesecloth or a chemical-free white paper towel over a colander. Set the colander on top of a large glass bowl.
- Strain the pomegranate mint syrup into the bowl.
- Pour half of the mixture and half of the club soda into a large punch bowl. Garnish with reserved arils or fresh mint leaves.