Pomegranate-Champagne Punch

Serves 12

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

2 (750 ml) bottles chilled Brut Champagne

1 1/2 cups white rum

1 1/4 cups pomegranate juice

1 large lemon, thinly sliced

- pomegranate seeds

- fresh mint leaves

1 ice block


Bring 1/2 cup water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves; simmer 5 min. Cool syrup completely. Combine Champagne, rum and pomegranate juice in punch bowl. Add enough syrup to sweeten to taste. Mix in lemon slices, pomegranate seeds and mint leaves; add ice block to bowl.

Recipe and photo courtesy of www.BonAppetit.com.