Mulled Pomegranate Warmer

Mulled Pomegranate Warmer - Warm Mulled Wine Winter Party Punch
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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 10 to 17 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
196 Calories
0g Fat
48g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 to 17 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 196
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 1g
Calcium 37mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Mulled wine is a holiday classic and a joy to share with family and friends. You can put a fruity spin on the recipe by mixing up a mulled pomegranate warmer. It's a simple rendition of the original that adds one of winter's seasonal fruits to the warm drink.

The pomegranate comes into play via Pama, a popular and delicious pomegranate liqueur that should be in any well-stocked liquor store. Like mulled wine, you'll also need some dry red wine. The experience is then finished off with a bundle of winter spices and some citrus fruit.

This hot punch is easy to make. Just put the ingredients together ahead of time, leave it on the stove at very low heat, and allow guests to help themselves whenever they need to top off their drinks. It's sure to please everyone and is a great way to make your holiday entertaining just a little easier.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pomegranate liqueur (Pama)
  • 2 (750 mL) bottles ​red wine
  • 2 cups sugar (white granulated)
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (ground)
  • 12 cloves (whole)
  • 4 ​cinnamon sticks
  • 4 lemons (sliced)
  • 2 oranges (sliced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the pomegranate liqueur, red wine, water, sugar, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Stir until the sugar and nutmeg are dissolved.

  3. Add the lemon and orange slices. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes and do not allow it to come to a boil.

  4. Remove the pan from the heat. Strain into a separate bowl through a fine-mesh strainer to remove all the fruits and spices. Return the liquid to the pan.

  5. Serve warm and enjoy!

Tips

  • For the red wine, try classic varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Zinfandel.
  • The recipe yields about 68 ounces. It's enough for 17 small 4-ounce servings (standard for party punch) or 10 larger 6-ounce servings.
  • To eliminate the need for straining, place the cloves in a tea ball or similar device that can easily be removed from the hot punch. You can either leave the citrus slices and cinnamon sticks or fish them out using a slotted spoon.

Recipe Variations

  • This recipe can easily be made in your slow cooker, making it a "crocktail." Simply combine the ingredients and set the crockpot on low heat. It will be ready in one or two hours and fill your home with an inviting aroma.
  • Rather than the liqueur, use pomegranate juice instead.
  • If you want to make a nonalcoholic punch, skip the wine as well. Make up the difference with 4 cups of pomegranate juice total and 3 cups of cranberry juice.

How Strong Is a Mulled Pomegranate Warmer?

Pama is bottled at just 17 percent ABV (34 proof) and red wine averages out at 12 percent ABV. Combining those sets this punch up to be low-proof with an alcohol content in the 10 percent ABV (20 proof) range. That's a perfect party service strength, so you shouldn't have to worry about guests becoming any drunker than they would from wine.