1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 750-ml bottles chilled brut sparkling wine
1 1/2 cups white rum
1 1/4 cups pomegranate juice
1 large lemon thinly sliced
1/2 cup Pomegranate arils
handful of fresh mint leaves
1 ice block
To make simple syrup: Bring 1/2 cup water and sugar to boil in small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 5 minutes. Cool syrup completely.
To make punch: In a punch bowl, combine sparkling wine, rum, and pomegranate juice in punch bowl. Add enough syrup to sweeten to taste. Add ice block* to bowl.
Garnish with lemon slices, pomegranate arils, and mint leaves.
*Cubes may be used but they will melt faster. For best results, serve punch in a drink dispenser with an enclosed ice container.