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Happy Hour: Sparkling Shiraz Punch

When I saw this recipe in the December issue of Martha Stewart Living, I went a little crazy. With it's vibrant hue, fizzy texture, and glamorous ingredients, I knew it was the perfect crowd-pleasing cocktail for the holidays. Last weekend at an intimate house party, I finally had the chance to make it.

This delicious concoction is everything I thought it would be and more. It's not too potent and subtly sweet. The mint garnish is a pretty, festive finish — don't skip this step, my guests were really impressed! Start looking for the sparkling Shiraz a couple of days before you plan on making it.

Although they sell it at Bevmo, my local store was out and I ended up spending my Saturday afternoon on a frantic sparkling Shiraz hunt. The search was well worth it, though, because this concoction is one of my new favorites. To serve the punch at your holiday party,

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Sparkling Shiraz Punch

Sparkling Shiraz Punch

Sparkling Shiraz Punch

Ingredients

  1. 15 mint sprigs
  2. 1 ounce whipping-quality pasteurized egg white, lightly beaten
  3. 1 cup superfine sugar
  4. 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 6 lemons)
  5. 2 bottles sparkling Shiraz
  6. 3 liters club soda
  7. 1 1/2 cups St. Germain Elderflower liqueur

Directions

  1. Brush mint with egg white. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar, and let dry on a wire rack.
  2. Mix lemon juice and remaining sugar in a large punch bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  3. Add Shiraz, club soda, and liqueur. Serve with ice, and garnish with sugared mint sprigs.

Serves 15.


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Join The Conversation
partysugar partysugar 8 years
TeejayR: I don't know, sure why not? Let me know how it goes. I am making this again for Christmas day!
TeejayR TeejayR 8 years
I can't find any sparkling shiraz. Do you think I could use regular and add extra club soda?
psterling psterling 8 years
What kind of glass do you suppose you should serve this in?
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i like this idea too - i don't know if i would have though about all of the components on my own, but it sounds like it's a great mix and i think that i'l! have to try it one of these days. thanks for posting this one!
Seka21 Seka21 8 years
If only i wasnt too lazy to go get some of the ingredients...id be drinking this dailY!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
This sounds so good! I'm going to have to look for sparkling Shiraz - I've never seen it before.
lily_xx lily_xx 8 years
I was actually looking for some sort of prosecco drink to serve at my holiday party on Monday night but I think I'll try this instead! Thanks!
wren1 wren1 8 years
This sounds great! I'm going to make this for Christmas brunch :)
lady_jade lady_jade 8 years
Ok, I'm going to give this a try this weekend!
colleenb colleenb 8 years
omg! I need to make this tonight.
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