This festive pink lemonade punch recipe mixes the flavor of pomegranate with the lighter notes of lemon and orange for a drink that's as pretty as it is tasty. And it’s topped with a generous pour of champagne because it wouldn’t be the holidays without a little bit of bubbly.
Pink Lemonade Punch Recipe
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).
To make it extra simple, I used a tangerine lemonade as the base for my punch. Because the holidays are stressful enough already, right? So we'll take any opportunity to cut down on prep time.
A make-ahead punch that's perfect for parties
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 of 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.
Top Punch with Pomegranate Seeds
For extra cheer, I like to top my cocktail 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.
Want more pomegranate?
You're in luck because there are so many tasty ways to use up pomegranate juice and those hard-won seeds! Try a pomegranate smoothie or or this one with beets and chocolate. You can even use up your pomegranate peels in these acne-fighting face mask and scrub recipes.
Pomegranate Pink Lemonade Punch Recipe
- Large punch bowl
- 1 bottle Tangerine Lemonade chilled
- 2 bottles dry champagne chilled
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- ½ 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