This fizzy beverage takes on a festive feel with the scent of rosemary-infused sugar syrup. Garnish with extra rosemary sprigs, if desired. Serve shortly after mixing everything together so the tonic will sparkle.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
4 rosemary sprigs
4 cups cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
2 cups fresh orange juice (about 6 oranges), chilled
3 cups club soda, chilled
How to Make It
Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Add rosemary; simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Pour sugar syrup into a bowl; cover and refrigerate overnight.
Uncover sugar syrup; remove and discard rosemary sprigs. Combine the sugar syrup, juices, and soda in a large pitcher. Serve immediately over ice.
Every year I make this as a holiday punch for my Christmas brunch. I serve it in a beautiful drink dispenser filled with cranberries, pomegranate wheels, orange slices and rosemary. The ladies pour some punch into a champagne glass and then fill with Prosecco. It's a beautiful presentation and mix for champagne or sparkling wine. The ladies who don't imbibe enjoy it as a punch. This way I'm only making one drink that suits all my friends. Hints: Remember to make the simple syrup the night before in order to let the taste of the rosemary be fully infused. Also, freeze some large blocks of ice (e.g. in tupperware) that can chill the punch without diluting it too quickly.