Christmas Pomegranate Punch Recipe

Try this festive Christmas pomegranate punch, similar to a German mulled wine, at your next holiday party.



From “Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Café”
November 2014

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

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We love to make punch for the holidays. It’s our chance to pull out the big punch bowl that just takes up space the rest of the year. This festive drink blends rum with pomegranate juice and hibiscus tea and resembles a glühwein (German mulled wine), but it is served chilled.

Christmas Pomegranate Punch Recipe

Ingredients:

• 1 (750 ml) bottle rum
• 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) triple sec
• 32 ounces (4 cups) pomegranate juice
• 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) spicy red wine, such as Malbec or Shiraz
• 1/2 cup hibiscus tea leaves
• 16 ounces (2 cups) hot water
• 16 cinnamon sticks
• 2 teaspoons whole cloves
• 3 lemons, cut into wedges, to garnish
• Ice

Instructions:

1. Combine the rum, triple sec, pomegranate juice, and wine in a punch bowl and stir.

2. Steep the hibiscus leaves in the hot water for 5 minutes. Strain the tea into a bowl, pressing the leaves until dry. Pour it into the punch bowl and stir. Put 4 of the cinnamon sticks and ½ teaspoon of the cloves in a piece of cheesecloth and tie tightly. Let it sit in the punch for about an hour, then remove.

3. Stud the lemon wedges with the remaining cloves. Pour the punch into cups or small glasses over ice. Garnish each serving with the remaining cinnamon sticks and the lemon wedges and serve.

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This excerpt has been reprinted with permission from Vegan Holiday Cooking from Candle Café by Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos and Jorge Pineda and published by Ten Speed Press, 2014. Purchase this book from our store: Vegan Holiday Cooking.