It’s never too early to start dreaming about the cold-weather cocktails you plan to whip up this holiday season. Whether you’re sipping a celebratory spiced apple cider at Thanksgiving, or enjoying a warm hot toddy after a long day at work, one thing’s for sure: a boozy cocktail is a great way to wrap up a long day. I have always loved the flavor-packed punch of fragrant herbs and warm bourbon in my fall cocktails, but this year I’m leaning towards something lighter and more refreshing (and not to mention fun).
This festive #MixedWithTrop lemonade punch mixes the decidedly fall-like flavor of pomegranate with the lighter notes of lemon and orange. And it’s topped with a generous pour of champagne, because it wouldn’t be the holidays without a little bit of bubbly.
To make it extra simple, I love using Tropicana Tangerine Lemonade as the base for my punch. Because the holidays are stressful enough already, it’s nice to be able to cut down on the prep time by using juice that doesn’t contain any artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors. And because it comes in several different flavors like raspberry and watermelon, you can easily change the flavor of your punch without swapping out other ingredients.
My favorite thing about this cocktail is that it’s perfect for a crowd. Not only does it scale up well but it tastes great once the flavors have had a chance to come together. Simply mix everything except the champagne, pomegranate seeds and thyme in a large bowl and put it in the refrigerator for a couple hours or overnight. While it chills, the flavors will meld and intensify. Then about 15 minutes before your guests arrive, add the champagne and give it a good stir. Let your guests pour their own cocktail and garnish as they see fit.
For extra cheer, I like to top with fresh pomegranate seeds and a few sprigs of thyme for a pretty, festive touch. Pomegranate seeds are packed with nutrients like Vitamin C, potassium, fiber and antioxidants which help fight free radicals in the body (and in case you were wondering, yes, you can totally eat them!) And thyme is naturally antibactierial and anti-inflammatory, which helps support your immune system and clear up common skin problems. Since we don’t always take care of ourselves like we should during the holidays, I, for one, will take all the help I can get.
Finish your cocktail off with a lightly sugared rim. Then sit back, put your feet up and soak in the holidays.
Pink Lemonade Punch
- Large punch bowl
- 1 bottle Tropicana Tangerine Lemonade chilled
- 2 bottles dry champagne chilled
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 1/2 cup orange liqueur
- Pomegranate seeds and thyme sprigs for garnish
- Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl or divide among several large pitchers
- Serve over ice and garnish with extra pomegranate seeds and thyme sprigs
I partnered my friends at Tropicana and Megan Media for this sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are mine.18