Earlier in the week I gave you some fantastic recipes to celebrate the last weekend of the summer. Here is a cocktail to make your Labor Day gathering complete. Have a safe and awesome weekend!
The Summer Melts Into The Fall Punch
2 cups vodka
2 cups pomegranate juice
1 cup club soda
Juice of one large lemon
1/2 cup ginger simple syrup
3 cups Prosecco
In a large, punch bowl, stir together vodka, pomegranate juice, club soda, lemon juice and simple syrup. Top with prosecco. For a pretty presentation float lemon wheels, star anise and some edible flowers. Serve in tumblers filled with ice. Serves 8.
Ginger Simple Syrup
2 cups coarsely chopped fresh ginger with peel, about 8 ounces
2 cups water
Remove the outer peel of the lemon with a vegetable peeler being careful not to include too much of the bitter white pith. Finley chop the lemon peel and ginger in a food processor. Transfer the ginger-lemon mixture to a medium saucepan, add the sugar and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer partially covered, for 15 minutes. Strain the mixture and cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 months. Makes 2 cups.
Gwen Kenneally is the owner of Back to the Kitchen, Full Service Catering and Party Planning. She is the co-founder and master baker at Magpie Gourmet Mini Pies. Check out her websites www.Backtothekitchen.net and http://magpieminipie.vpweb.com. Her Sweet and Savory Cookbook is available through AMAZON .