This pomegranate punch is a sweet-tart elixir amped up with ginger and apricot nectar. Add a neutral spirit like vodka, if desired, and serve it alongside an appetizer with a rich pastry crust, like this Alsatian Potato Pie.
Bring sugar, 1 1/2 cups water, and ginger to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Add mint; let stand 30 minutes. Strain. Let cool completely.
Stir together mint syrup, juice, and nectar in an ice-filled punch bowl. Add seltzer. Garnish with mint; serve.