You guys, it finally feels like Fall in Florida (this week, anyway). It’s been SO nice, and it makes me want to do all the Fall things; like drink red wine, and relax in the backyard. My two favorite reds in the cooler months are Malbec, and Pinot Noir. I also like Cabernet Sauvignon, but those first two are my go-to.
Truth be told, I love Fall, but I’ve never been a huge fan of Halloween. I like it enough, but I hate being scared, and gore has never been my thing. But we do have friends that host a seriously fun party every Halloween (they are fans of all things spooky!) and attending their par-tay is always something I look forward to.
It’s also a great way for me to get opinions on my fave new wine cocktail; Pomegranate Pinot Punch. I was recently sent three reds to try from The Divining Rod, by Marc Mondavi. The Divining Rod is the perfect wine for Halloween because, Marc Mondavi is a water witch! Using just his intuition and a pair of divining rods, Marc can sense underground water sources that are invisible to normal people. It’s a very handy skill in the thirsty vineyards of California. Marc’s divining has created over 100 new water sources for farmers and vineyard owners battling the current drought. So it’s kind of fun to make this punch and tell people the wine is from a witch…isn’t it? P.S. You could obviously enjoy The Divining Rod anytime of year.
I chose to make this Pomegranate Pinot Punch with pomegranate seeds and juice, a splash of apple cider (hello, Fall) and a little bit of orange liqueur. You can totally omit the liqueur but…why?
- 1 bottle of The Divining Rod Pinot Noir
- ½ cup orange liqueur (optional)
- 2 cups pomegranate juice (you can also use cranberry juice)
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 orange sliced thin, for garnish
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds (arils)
- ice cubes
- To a pitcher, add Pinot Noir, orange liqueur, pom juice, and apple cider. Mix well. Chill for 1 hour.
- When ready to serve, to each glass, add ice, then punch. Garnish with orange slices, and pomegranate seeds.
This punch is perfect all season long, but it’s somehow magically even tastier whilst wearing a costume 😉