Use no-sugar-added pomegranate juice and dry sparkling wine so the punch won't be too sweet. Freshly squeezed lime juice is best. Float frozen cranberries and an ice ring in the punch bowl for a festive chill.
1 cup sugar
1 qt. pomegranate juice
3 cups blanco tequila
1 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup cranberry juice
1 (750-ml.) bottle dry sparkling wine, chilled
How to Make It
Bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Cool syrup completely (about 45 minutes).
Stir together pomegranate juice, next 3 ingredients, and simple syrup; chill 4 hours. Pour mixture into a punch bowl, and gently stir in sparkling wine just before serving.
I made this as directed for a Christmas party. Before the party started, I had a glass and ended up throwing it out and finding a new recipe for Poinsettia Punch on Chow.com (our party went through three bowls in 4 hours). Perhaps this would have been better with a Cranberry Juice Cocktail instead of unsweetened cranberry and simple sugar and the tequila just didn't work.
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