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Pomegranate Punch

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Nothing welcomes the holidays quite like a vibrant, delicious bright red pomegranate punch. Made with flavorful (and healthy) pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, orange liqueur, fresh lemon juice and a splash of chilled club soda to make it all sparkle! A vodka punch recipe that is easily adapted to be non-alcoholic too!

I love having go-to holiday punch recipes; making a pitcher or punch bowl filled with a festive ready to pour vodka punch recipe allows my guests to pour themselves a drink when they are ready. 

You might enjoy these other holiday cocktail recipes; Cranberry Bourbon Sour, Cranberry-Lemon Drop Martini, a non-alcoholic Cranberry Spritzer and a year round favorite, Hibiscus Dark & Stormy

Pomegranate Vodka Punch in three different crystal glasses with decorative ornament ice cubes.

Each year I host a Favorite Things holiday party and this year I served this easy vodka punch. I ended up making a double batch, storing the second batch in the fridge to refill my pitcher when it was getting low. They loved it!

If you like pomegranate cocktails with vodka, you will love my Pomegranate Mule – while the pictures are old, the recipe is spot on!

Why I love Pomegranate Punch

  • Easy to assemble, you can even make the punch ahead of time, adding the Club Soda just prior to serving.
  • Everyone who has tried this punch – loves it!
  • Easily adapt this punch to be non-alcoholic for your friends who do not imbibe or for kids.

Ingredients for Vodka Punch

The full list of measurements are in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. 

Vodka Punch Ingredients with pomegranate juice, club soda, Grand Marnier, simple syrup, cranberry juice, vodka and lemon juice.
  • Pomegranate Juice | Make sure it is unsweetened pomegranate juice, it’s sweet enough on it’s own!
  • Cranberry Juice | I used cranberry juice cocktail.
  • Vodka | This is after all a ‘vodka punch’, I like Tito’s brand, but your favorite vodka will work great here. You could even try an infused vodka; try cranberry, lemon, orange or pomegranate infused vodka if you can find it!
  • Orange-Flavored Liqueur | I used Grand Marnier for mine, but you can use Cointreau or any other orange liqueur you choose.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice | Fresh squeezed is best here, the acidity and tartness highly complement and enhance this vodka punch recipe. 
  • Simple Syrup | You can purchase simple syrup, or make your own – try my super simple syrup recipe using cane sugar, you could also use cranberry simple syrup.
  • Club Soda | Chilled; you will be adding at the very end to add sparkle and bubbles to this recipe. 
  • Rosemary & Cranberries frozen in ice cubes | I adore these ornament ice molds! Read below for how to make them!

How to Make Pomegranate Vodka Punch Recipe

I know you can make this recipe, it’s as simple as measuring and pouring! The only thing to do ahead of time is make sure your ice cubes are frozen and your ingredients chilled. 

Measure out the pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, vodka, and orange-flavored liqueur, pouring in a pitcher (make sure it holds at least 64 ounces). 

Stir in the fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and chill under ready to serve. Just before serving, pour in chilled club soda and add decorative ice cubes if made. 

Serve with ice or make enough ice molds for everyone to have one, a large ice cube melts slower and dilutes the drinks less. See my tips below for how to make your own ice molds.

TFC Pro Tips for the Best Pomegranate Vodka Punch

  • Make sure all of your ingredients are well chilled before assembling the punch.
  • If you forgot to chill your ingredients, quick chill them in the freezer; measure ingredients into individual containers and place on a cookie sheet in your freezer for 30 minutes.
  • If time, assemble your punch except the club soda and place in container or pitcher in the fridge.
  • Add ice and club soda just prior to serving
  • Serve with a variety of cocktail glasses and pretty ice molds for a festive holiday pomegranate cocktail.
Pomegranate Cranberry Punch in pitcher with ornament ice molded.

Variations & Substitutions

  • For a less sweet cocktail, try using 100% cranberry juice, unsweetened, it’s dark, tart and amazing tasting!
  • Skinny pomegranate cocktail; replace the simple syrup with a sugar-free simple syrup; omit the orange liqueur and replace with additional club soda. Even better, try my friend Sandra’s Sugar-Free Grenadine Simple Syrup recipe. 
  • Pomegranate Punch Non-Alcoholic Version | Replace the vodka and orange flavored liqueur with the following: 1 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed would be amazing), additional 1 cup cranberry juice and additional 1 cup club soda or for a sweeter version, use Ginger Ale or Sprite in place of Club Soda. 

Non-Alcoholic Christmas Punch

Besides following the above substitutions to make this pomegranate punch non-alcoholic, you could also set up a drink station with a little sign of instructions for those who do not drink and those who prefer it fully loaded.

  1. Make up the punch; leaving out the vodka and orange liqueur, including the club soda
  2. Provide bottle of vodka, orange liqueur and fresh orange juice plus extra club soda or ginger ale
  3. Put out two mini measuring cups (one for the alcohol and one for non-alcoholic add-ins)
  4. Make a sign that says something like this:

To add some “jingle” to your “juice”, pour in 1 oz vodka and 1 oz orange liqueur, stir and enjoy.

For a Merry Mocktail add 1-2 ounces orange juice, finishing with a splash of club soda or ginger ale.

Pomegranate Punch poured into three different crystal cocktail glasses with a decorative ice ball with frozen cranberries inside.

By-the-Glass Pomegranate Vodka Punch 

Pour the following into a cocktail glass:

  • 1 ½ ounces pomegranate juice
  • 1 ounce of the following: cranberry juice, vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup. 
  • Stir well, add ice and finish with chilled club soda.

How to Make Decorative Ice Molds

You do not need pretty ice molds in order to make decorative ice molds. Using small square or round tupperware containers also works just fine. 

Tips for the clearest ice mold

The reason ice gets cloudy is due to air particles in the water, they form air bubbles and create “cloudy” ice. 

The best way to get crystal clear ice is to freeze filtered water in a cooler, then cut it using a serrated knife. Yes, you read that correctly – if you want to have the clearest ice possible, check out this post

But I am not that fussy; I want it to be a bit simpler than that, and while my method isn’t perfect, it does a pretty good job. 

Start with filtered or even better distilled water, bring to a boil, this will help release as much air as possible. 

Fill your molds with hot water (fill about ⅔ full or to line if using an ice mold) and place in any desired fruit or herbs. 

For this recipe, I placed a couple of fresh cranberries and a small sprig of rosemary. A sliced mandarin orange, lemon and lime slices are also beautiful. Freeze until solid, remove from mold and repeat until you have the desired number of ice cubes for your vodka punch. 

Pomegranate Vodka Punch in a pretty cocktail glass with a floating ball of ice.

Storage

Store the leftover vodka punch recipe in a sealed jar in the fridge. To serve again, add a fresh splash of club soda or ginger ale. It will be a bit watered down, but will still taste delicious. Lasts up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Pomegranate Vodka Punch in pretty glass pitcher, with three pretty ice cube balls inside.

Remember to always drink responsibly; this post when made with alcohol is intended for those 21+ years old. 

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