Pomelder Prosecco Punch

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Author Notes: This punch combines fall and winter fruit flavors with Prosecco and just a little elderflower liqueur. It is sweet-tart with a bit of complexity provided by the spices and elderflower. It would be perfect for a holiday gathering or to ring in the new year. Cheers!hardlikearmour

Food52 Review: This tasty effervescent punch is a perfect aperitif for the holiday season. With sparkling pear juice and prosecco, there's double the bubbles and this beautifully crimson punch hits all the right notes. Subtle hints of ginger and cardamom mellow out the tart pomegranate juice, and when mixed with the elderflower liqueur, you get a nice balance of sweet and tart flavors. Try hardlikearmour's suggestion of freezing sparkling pear juice with pomegranate arils for fancy ice cubes to float in the punch.jvcooks

Makes 12 5-oz servings

  • 2 cups 100% pomegranate juice
  • 2 to 3 inch knob of ginger, thinly sliced
  • 20 green cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1 bottle extra-dry Prosecco (750 ml)
  • 1 bottle sparkling pear juice (750 ml)
  • ½ to ¾ cup St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  1. Combine the pomegranate juice, ginger, and cardamom in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a robust simmer. Cook until reduced to approximately 1 cup, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and allow to cool to room temperature. Pass reduced juice through a fine mesh strainer into a storage vessel. Chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours before making punch. Can be made up to 3 days ahead.
  2. Just before serving combine reduced pomegranate juice, Prosecco, pear juice, and ½ cup elderflower liqueur in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Taste and add more elderflower liqueur if desired.
  3. For a fancy party presentation, place a sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute, and add the punch. The sugar cube will create a continuous stream of tiny bubbles. It will disintegrate, but doesn't dissolve much into the punch so won't change the flavor dramatically. (See photo 1)
  4. For fancy ice cubes freeze sparkling pear juice with pomegranate arils and/or thin slices of Seckel pear. (See photo 2)
  5. For a non-alcoholic variation replace the Prosecco with seltzer. Replace the St. Germain with ¼ cup elderflower syrup.
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10 days ago Sara Gillis

Any suggestions on what liqueur to use of St. Germain is just too expensive in your city? I read that Lychee liqueur or even Grand Marnier can sometimes be substituted for Elderflower.

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almost 2 years ago Nick Clunn

I served this as an apertif for a small dinner party before Christmas and it was a hit. I found the sparking pear juice at a well-stocked liquor store and used a half-cup of St. Germain. Those who are unfamiliar with this liquor should add gradually to suit thier taste. Any leftover punch can be stored in the refrigerator and revived with a splash of sparking water.

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over 1 year ago hardlikearmour

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Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the "revival" tip, too.

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almost 2 years ago EmilyC

Just looking at the pics of this drink makes my mouth water. I'm going to ask Santa for a bottle of St. Germain.

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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You should definitely get some St. Germain! I love it.

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almost 2 years ago wssmom

So glad you entered this!! Wonderful flavors ...

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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:-)

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almost 2 years ago jenniebgood

Yes please! This looks like such an amazing mix of ingredients -I'm definitely putting it on the list for my next gathering.

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, jbg! Let me know how it goes!

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almost 2 years ago QueenSashy

I cannot wait to try this!

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thank you, QS! Hope you like it!

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over 2 years ago lime lassi

I concur in that this was wonderful and will become one of my favorites as well. Being Ms. T's mother has it's benefits - she made this for us when home for the holidays. We found the leftover was great with sparkling water. Really nice blend of flavors ! Trying to save this to my recipe box but having trouble since the new web design...

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thank you, lime lassi! I'm thrilled your family enjoys it.

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almost 3 years ago Ms. T

I made this again last night for my family's Hanukkah/solstice/early Christmas celebration, and it was even better than the first time! The Pom wonderful brand made a big difference in color and flavor. I still couldn't find sparkling pear juice in the store--I've now looked in three upscale grocery stores in two states. Where do you find it? Lovely recipe that will be one of my holiday standards for years to come :)

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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I find it at New Seasons, a Portland area grocery chain. It's made by RW Knudsen. http://www.rwknudsenfamily...

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almost 3 years ago Ms. T

Thanks! Maybe I'll order some online for next year.

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almost 3 years ago Ms. T

This sounds delicious! I think I might try it this weekend. Do you think black cardamom pods would work? I have some that I don't know what to do with.

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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I think black cardamom would work - it tastes like a slightly smoky version of green cardamom. The cardamom flavor is pretty subtle in the punch, but it adds some depth. Let me know if you try it!

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almost 3 years ago Ms. T

I wasn't sure about adding the smoky flavor, so I stuck to green cardamom and it was great! I loved the complexity of the floral and spice. I couldn't find sparkling pear juice, so I used pear juice and sparkling water, which seemed to work just fine. My only disappointment was that I didn't get the pretty pink color of the photos--our cocktails were brown. It was probably due to my choice of pear juice and pom juice. Have you ever noticed that some pomegranate juice is red, and some is much more brown? I could only find the brownish variety. In any case, after the first sip, nobody minded because it tasted so lovely :)

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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I'm glad you enjoyed it! I've used the POM wonderful juice and another one (forgot the brand) once, but both were a nice red color. The editor's photo doesn't look as pink as when I've made it.

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almost 3 years ago Ms. T

Yes, I looked for POM wonderful, but they only had mixtures at the store: pom-blueberry, pom-mango, etc...So I had to use the non-refrigerated kind, which is browner. Oh well, I'll go for pink next time, cuz the flavors were definitely worth repeating. Cheers!

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almost 3 years ago Droplet

HLA, I don't drink cocktails so I didn't even pay attention to this contest, but your choice of ingredients for this certainly is recognition worthy.

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thank you, droplet! The NA version is quite good, so I hope you give it a try.

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almost 3 years ago love2cook

I'm allergic to pears--could I use sparkling apple cider instead?

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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We tried it with sparkling apple cider, and it's not as good. The apple is too sweet for some reason. Maybe a 50:50 mix of sparkling apple cider and seltzer or a flavored sparkling water would would be better?

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Tart, a little sweet, my favorite color and favorite flavors, delicious, indeed! Cheers back!

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, lapadia! It's my husband's favorite color, too.

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

This sounds delicious and sneaky. The best kind of punch! I love the cardamom and ginger infused pomegranate.

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, gingerroot! It's pretty easy to drink more than a serving. The spiced pomegranate is good with plain seltzer water for a tart "soda".

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almost 3 years ago wssmom

You have brought together so many of my favorite flavors in this!

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, wssmom! It is a nice combo.

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almost 3 years ago JWC

This sounds delicious - I love the color, too!

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, JWC! It is a pretty color.

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Sounds very festive and delicious! I love the name, too!

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, mrslarkin! My sister came up with the name.

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

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Wonderful, really love all the flavors. So many ways to vary it also. Very nice.

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, sdebrango! My sister and I went through a bottle of Prosecco trying different variations - different sparkling juices, different reduced & spiced juices, different liquors and liqueurs. Our second favorite (and my husband's favorite) replaced the elderflower liqueur with 1/4 cup pear brandy.

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

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I have the pear brandy will definitely make this.

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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The pear brandy really amps up the pear flavor, and gives it a bit more of a "bite" from the alcohol.

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almost 3 years ago Bevi

Yum - I have all the ingredients. Will definitely make this!

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, Bevi! My sister and I tried multiple iterations of it over the week end, and this was our favorite.