Everyone loves a single-serve cocktail, but smart hosts also know the power of a perfectly made punch. Have your prettiest glass bowl or serving jug ready to go, then just before your guests arrive, break out the ice and get pouring. With all the rosy elements plus pops of bright colour from the fruit and mint, this cocktail is a festive decoration in itself. Elegant and refreshing, it works equally well at a drinks party or for sipping before dinner begins.
Ingredients (serves 8)
11/2 cups (375ml) Antipodes Pink Gin
3 cups (750ml) cranberry & pomegranate juice
Ice cubes, to serve
750ml btl Redbank Sunday Morning Prosecco Rosé
Fresh or frozen pomegranate seeds, to serve
Mint sprigs, to serve
Lemon slices, to serve
1. Combine the pink gin, cranberry and pomegranate juice and ice cubes in a large punch bowl or serving jug. Stir to combine.
2. Add the prosecco to the pink gin mixture. Arrange the pomegranate seeds, mint sprigs and lemon slices in the bowl or jug. Pour into glasses to serve.
The magic of pomegranate cocktails is how well they work for festive entertaining, whether you’re in a cosy winter zone or enjoying a summer alfresco celebration. Here in Australia, the festive red of pomegranate seeds gives a hint of traditional Christmas colour to an unmistakably summery drink. It’s just the thing for sharing with friends and family on a warm afternoon or in the evening when the sun goes down.
Cranberry and pomegranate juice isn’t just a great pick for pretty-in-pink drinks – it also has the right mix of sweetness and tang you need in a great-tasting gin cocktail. Lemon slices look great and help balance the sweetness even more, while fresh mint is a must for a fresh, fragrant and festive looking batch cocktail.
Australia’s first certified organic pink gin, Antipodes Pink Gin has floral and citrus notes thanks to its distinctive combination of Australian and international botanicals including Kakadu plum, strawberry gum, blue chamomile flowers and ruby red grapefruit. Add even more fruity and floral aromas with a bottle of pink prosecco from Italy or one from the King Valley in Victoria, such as Redbank Sunday Morning Prosecco Rosé. You can also make this cocktail using a sparkling rosé, or substitute a regular prosecco or sparkling wine. To reduce the alcohol, swap the prosecco for an equal amount of sparkling mineral water or soda water.