This punch is inspired by the flavors of the Middle East. Add vodka if desired.
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 12 slices peeled fresh ginger (about 1/8 inch thick)
- 2 1/4 cups fresh mint
- 6 cups pomegranate juice
- 3/4 cup apricot nectar
- 2 1/2 cups seltzer
- Garnish: fresh mint
Bring sugar, water, and ginger to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add mint. Let stand for 30 minutes. Strain. Let cool.
Stir together mint syrup, juice, and nectar in an ice-filled punch bowl. Add seltzer. Garnish with mint.