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Sparkling Pomegranate Pinot Punch for #SundaySupper

Sparkling Pomegranate Pinot Punch | Magnolia DaysYou exit the kitchen and head to the den. You stop to look for a place to sit. It’s packed with friends and family cheering on their favorite team. The walls almost shake with loud bursts of happiness and disappointment. Arms are raised in joy and heads hang with sadness. Friendly banter goes back and forth as the score changes. All the emotional ups and downs work up a big appetite and thirst. It’s good to have plenty of eats nearby and Sparkling Pomegranate Pinot Punch to wash it all down.

Sparkling Pomegranate Pinot Punch | Magnolia Days

Game day eats have a big variety. It may seem like a challenge to know which wine to serve. What do you pair with wings, nachos, wontons, sliders, pizza, and more? It’s a collision of International cuisines and flavors. My recommendation is the same for almost every event with a multitude of food or when it’s unknown what others are bringing to the party. Go with Pinot Noir for red wine, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc for white wine, and Moscato for a sweet or dessert wine.

Sparkling Pomegranate Pinot Punch | Magnolia Days

A special cocktail is fun for an event. It’s even more fun when bubbly is involved. What could be more festive than that? Sparkling Pomegranate Pinot Punch is a wine based cocktail sure to please a crowd. It pairs red wine with the dark fruit flavor of pomegranate, is sweetened with apple juice and lemonade, and made fizzy with sparkling wine. There is even special ice to serve with it as long as pomegranates are available.

Pomegranate Aril Ice | Magnolia Days

Game day entertaining and pairings are easy. It’s even easier when you have help and great advice. Sunday Supper is proud to partner with Gallo Family Vineyards to share recipes, wine pairings, and tips for game day entertaining success. Scroll down to find the list and links to each one. We have fantastic lineup of everything from beverages to desserts.

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More on Gallo Family Vineyards: You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Their website has information on all Gallo Family wines, a store locator, and pairing guides. I reviewed Hearty Burgundy last year and recently made Short Ribs with Pasta using their Cabernet Sauvignon. Gallo Family’s Pinot Noir is one I recommend for the punch.

Sparkling Pomegranate Pinot Punch

A recipe for Sparkling Pomegranate Pinot Punch made with Pinot Noir, sparkling wine, pomegranate juice, and sweetened with lemonade and apple juice.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Total Time 15 minutes
Author Renee


For the ice:

  • 1 pomegranate
  • Water

For the punch:

  • 3/4 cup frozen apple juice concentrate thawed
  • 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate thawed
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice chilled
  • 1 3/4 cups Pinot Noir chilled
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine 750 ml
  • Lemon slices for serving


For the ice:

  1. Cut the pomegranate remove the arils. Discard the skin and fleshy parts.
  2. Divide the arils among 3 ice cube trays and fill almost full with water. Freeze until solid.
  3. Note: For clearer ice cubes, bring water to a full rolling boil and cool before filling trays.

For the punch:

  1. Combine apple juice concentrate, lemon juice concentrate, pomegranate juice, and Pinot Noir in a pitcher or punch bowl.
  2. Add the sparkling wine just before serving, but do not stir.
  3. Serve with ice and lemon slices.

Recipe Notes

Time does not include time for freezing ice cubes.

Recipe adapted from one in the Publix Grape magazine Fall 2013 issue.

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Recipe Rating


Friday 31st of January 2014

When you use boiled water for ice cubes, the cubes will be crystal clear, letting the berries shine through.

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes

Friday 31st of January 2014

Those ice cubes alone are amazing Renee! Red wine, I love it!

Jennie @themessybakerblog

Wednesday 29th of January 2014

Renee, this looks amazing! I love the gorgeous red gem filled ice cubes and all the flavors that went into this scarlet cocktail.

Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

Tuesday 28th of January 2014

I've never thought to make a punch with wine, but this sounds fantastic!

Nancy @ gottagetbaked

Tuesday 28th of January 2014

I love everything about this delicious boozy drink (wish I were drinking it right now, in fact!) and the ice. It's so pretty! What a brilliant idea, Renee.