With people gathering to celebrate holidays, life, friends and family, it’s a good time to have a punch in your bag of cocktail tricks. Can you make individual cocktails for people? Of course you can! Heck, I even support this. You can also buy a case of beer, open a few wines and chill some champagne. These are all fantastic ways to entertain large groups. A punch though, that gives you a chance to break out the punch bowl! Don’t pretend like you don’t have one. Get ready for fall and winter celebrations, get your punch bowl ready, because this is the Pomegranate Tequila Punch!
As it’s cooler, fall flavors work fantastically and there aren’t many more flavorful fall juices than pomegranate juice. Hence, that’s where I started my fall punch.
Now, some people find pomegranate juice a little strong, so I wanted to cut it with something sweet, but also seasonal. Hello citrus, you’re awesome buddy. Fresh OJ, come to the party!
With both pomegranate and orange juices, I was super happy with my base, but knew that I had to start thinking about what my real key ingredient would be: what booze do I want in here? When it comes to large gatherings of people, I’m not saying that you need alcohol to help everyone get along, I’m just not not saying that.
We had darker tones from the pomegranate and some bright citrus from the OJ — so it had to be something with character, but not overly heavy. Luckily, our friends over at Blue Nectar Tequila sent us some of their Reposado Extra Blend, so I knew we had the perfect candidate. Smokey, oaky, some vanilla, but enough character to stand out with these fall flavors. Yup, this was our alcohol for the punch.
Somehow, I knew all along that some of the best punches have tequila as their star. I thank my California upbringing.
With those three ingredients set, it was just about balancing their ratios and accentuating the perfect fall flavors. Continuing with a recent trend we’ve had, we made a cinnamon syrup — which is just your basic simple syrup that you make with the addition of cinnamon sticks.
Finally, we added a splash of lemon juice and orange liqueur, because obviously.
Combined together, fall in a glass! Or mug. Or all for yourself!
No matter how you slice it, it’s great for any fall gathering.
Now, let’s get our Pomegranate Tequila Punch going!
- 1 part pomegranate juice
- 1 part OJ
- 1 part reposado tequila
- ½ part orange liqueur
- ½ part cinnamon syrup
- ¼ part lemon juice
- Pomegranate seeds
- Orange slices
- Cinnamon sticks
- Glass type: punch bowl with accompanying glasses
- Mix all liquids together.
- Stir to make them nice and happy.
- Put into your punch bowl and/or vessel of choice.
- No ice please, save that for the glasses.
- Add ice to glasses.
- Add punch to glasses.
- Garnish with pomegranate seeds, orange slices and a cinnamon stick.
- Gotta look good.