If you're looking for something to toast the New Year with but aren't a drinker, I've got your solution — this festive ginger pineapple punch. It's sparkly and bubbly like champagne, but you won't end up with a dreaded hangover the next day. It's also not overly sweet, and the ginger gives it such a nice kick, you won't miss the booze.
If you do have guests that will be drinking, this punch mixes nicely with alcohol. Just leave some bottles of gin or vodka out that they can add to their individual glasses. The ginger syrup also tastes good on its own when mixed with sparkling wine or soda water.
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For ginger syrup
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup agave nectar
1 cup thinly sliced unpeeled fresh ginger
3 cups unsweetened pineapple juice, chilled
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
4 1/2 cups sparkling water, chilled
4 cups ice cubes
Make ginger syrup:
- Bring water, agave nectar, and ginger to a boil in a saucepan, stirring until agave nectar is dissolved.
- Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes, then remove from heat and steep, uncovered, 15 minutes.
- Pour syrup through a sieve into a bowl, discarding ginger. Chill, covered, until cold, about 2 hours.
- Stir together ginger syrup and fruit juices in a punch bowl or pitcher.
- Stir in sparkling water and ice.
Makes 12 servings.
- Punch, Drinks