Everyone has different holiday traditions. One of mine, apparently, is becoming obsessed with a festive and seasonal cocktail recipe. Last year I was all about sparkling Shiraz punch. The December before I went gaga for a cranberry-amaretto kiss. 2009's beverage of choice? This sparkling pomegranate punch! It has all the necessary elements of a fabulous holiday drink. It's vibrantly colored, serves a crowd, and incorporates sparkling wine. It's a refreshing, delightful punch that's not to sweet but simply wonderful. Don't skip the pomegranate seed garnish; they are like floating jewels. To check out the recipe,

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Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Ingredients

  1. 3 tablespoons sugar
  2. 1 cup pomegranate juice
  3. Two 750-milliliter bottles sparkling wine, chilled
  4. 3/4 cup late-harvest white wine, such as late-harvest Riesling, chilled
  5. 2 oranges, thinly sliced crosswise
  6. 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  7. Ice cubes, for serving

Directions

  1. In a punch bowl, dissolve the sugar in the pomegranate juice, stirring vigorously.
  2. Add the sparkling wine and late-harvest white wine, then add the orange slices and pomegranate seeds. Serve the sparkling pomegranate punch over ice cubes.

Serves 10-12.

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