There are many Champagne punch recipes and each has its own fruity flavor profile. The beauty of any of them is that the sparkling wine adds a fun and elegant flair to the drink that will impress anyone. They're perfect for any occasion, from Christmas and New Year's Eve to weddings and housewarming parties.
This particular Champagne punch recipe is ideal for any autumn or winter party, including the holidays. It is a blend of pomegranate and cranberry juices with a little cinnamon syrup to give it a fun seasonal touch.
If you want to customize it to another season, simply switch to a plain simple syrup or a more suitable flavor. For instance, a lavender syrup would be a fantastic substitute for spring and summer parties.
- Place a frozen ice ring in a punch bowl.
- Add all of the ingredients except the wine and soda.
- Stir well.
- Slowly add the ginger ale and Champagne.
- Garnish with pomegranate seeds and other seasonal fruit, mint, or citrus slices.
Makes about 16 4-ounce servings.
Pomegranate juice is not cheap. If you want to save money, pick up a pomegranate-cranberry juice blend. It won't have the pomegranate focus but it will be just as tasty.
Tips and Tricks
Make the most out of your Champagne punch by following a few simple tips when preparing it for the party.
- Choose your sparkling wine. Though the recipe says "Champagne," any sparkling wine will do. Prosecco is often a favorite and it tends to cost a little less than a bottle of Champagne.
- Go with a dry or sweet Champagne. Keep in mind that Champagnes are often classified as either brut (dry) and sec (sweet). When choosing one, consider how sweet the rest of the punch is. In this recipe, for instance, you might want to go with a drier wine to offset the rather sweet fruit juices.
- Add wines and sodas at the very last minute. This will keep the punch sparkling throughout the party. To save time, mix the other ingredients in advance and store them in the refrigerator until it's time to serve the punch.
- The soda is included for a reason. You'll notice that many Champagne punches also include ginger ale or another soda. This adds to the carbonation and volume without bringing in any extra alcohol, which is a nice attempt to avoid drunken party blunders. Feel free to add a second bottle of wine instead.
- Ice rings or big chunks of ice are best. They will melt slower and prevent the punch from getting overly diluted. This is necessary since most parties last for a few hours.
- Play with your ice. Adding complementary fruits and herbs in ice cubes or rings while they freeze is a nice touch that adds flavor and style to the punch bowl.
- Add seasonal fruits. Sparkling punches are meant to be adorned with the best fruits of the season. When in doubt, lemon, lime, and orange slices are always good choices.
- Increase or decrease as needed. Four ounces is the typical punch serving and it is easy to adjust punch recipes to fit the size of your party.