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After pumpkin spice season finally ends, we launch right into all things chocolate and peppermint. It can really be a bit much, can't it? This holiday season, I wanted to plan for a brighter, lighter way to celebrate. Sparkling red pomegranate seeds, fresh juicy cubes of pineapple, bright citrusy orange slices, and bubbly wine sounds just about perfect.
This pomegranate punch recipe is the perfect beverage to serve at your holiday gathering because you can make it as an adult beverage with the wine or swap sparkling white grape juice to make a mock-tail for the whole family.
You can mix the entire batch of punch and serve it in a punch bowl with a ladle, or set up a mix-your-own station with the ingredients offered up separately. I have a friend who is terribly allergic to oranges, so we always go with the later.
Pomegranate juice gives the punch it's lovely red color but can be quite sour all on it's own. I mixed in a little SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend to keep it light and sweet. I love how the SPLENDA® dissolves so easily into the juice and doesn't leave a gritty texture.
This is a perfect beverage to keep in your party rotation as we head into the festive holiday season. The pretty red pomegranate seeds are such a sweet surprise and the whole beverage is so much lighter than the usual rich Christmas fare.
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Sparkling Pomegranate Punch Cocktail Recipe:
- 1 tbsp SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 1 bottle sparkling wine like Prosecco OR 1 bottle sparkling white grape juice
- 2 oranges, sliced thinly
- 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
- ¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds
- ice cubes
Wash and slice the oranges, dice the pineapple, and peel the pomegranate. Set aside.
Stir the SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Sweetener Blend into the pomegranate juice and pour them into a pretty pitcher. Pour the bottle of wine or grape juice into the pomegranate juice and gently stir.
Serve over glasses of ice and garnish with orange slices, pineapple, and pomegranate seeds.