Cocktail of the Month: Sparkling Pomegranate Punch

Thanksgiving is approaching quickly! Hopefully you have everything you need to serve Thanksgiving dinner (or at least sturdy plastic containers to take with you when you visit other people's homes!). But don't forget our favorite food group: the cocktails! This Sparkling Pomegranate Punch is perfect to serve for Turkey Day.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 3/4 cup late-harvest white wine, chilled
  • Two 750-milliliter bottles sparkling wine, chilled
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • Ice cubes, for serving

Instructions:

  1. In a punch bowl, dissolve the sugar in the pomegranate juice, stirring vigorously.
  2. Add the sparkling wine and late-harvest white wine, then add the orange slices, diced pineapple and pomegranate seeds.
  3. Serve the sparkling pomegranate punch over ice cubes.

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

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DC "DCocktail" Series: Whiskey Charlie at The Wharf

Washington, D.C. continues to be an ever-changing landscape of amazing food and drink options. Its most recent major transformation includes renovations at The Wharf completed in early October. If you’re unfamiliar, the Wharf is on the Southwest waterfront of the district, popular for its fish market and rich maritime history.

The upgrades have made it an amazing place to look out over the Potomac and enjoy the newly minted restaurants, concert venues, shops, and hotels. We recently had the opportunity to visit Whiskey Charlie, located on the penthouse level of Canopy by Hilton Hotel. Warning to the wise: get there as soon as they open this Friday, November 17th. Patrons will be fighting to get in for the rooftop views alone.

Photo Credit: Whiskey Charlie

Photo Credit: Whiskey Charlie

Now let's get down to business...the cocktails!

WC Mule (Vodka, Fresh Ginger, Strawberry-Mint Shrub, Lime): this cocktail is a great way to start your evening. It was refreshing, with a kick. It’s evident that Whiskey Charlie excels at putting a good spin on some classic drinks!

Port of Call (Pineapple Rum, Demerara sugar, Angostura): Surprisingly I’ve never had pineapple infused rum, so this drink was a pleasant surprise. If you’re a whiskey fan like me, you’re probably not quick to order a rum cocktail. But this one gave me a fruity, old fashioned bourbon vibe.

Honorable mentions:

The Old Scalawag (Whiskey, Grand Marnier, Pimento Bitters, Orange Bitters) and the WC Mainstay (Whiskey, Amaretto, Lemon, Sugar, Egg White): Considering the bar is called Whiskey Charlie, we would be remiss to not actually give a nod to their whiskey options. I watched the scalawag being made at the bar and it definitely looks like it would inspire you to live up to its name.

Succeeding at curating amazing cocktails, Whiskey Charlie also gives you the opportunity to order them in large format (serves 1-2) and tankard (serves 4-6), which sounds like a fun night out with friends to us! The food menu also pairs well with the cocktails, including house-made cheese empanadas (very yummy), pimento cheese dip (loved it), crab cake sliders, and a charcuterie board.

Photo Credit: Whiskey Charlie

Photo Credit: Whiskey Charlie

Whiskey Charlie is located at 975 7th Street, SW Washington, DC 20024, on the Penthouse level of the Canopy by Hilton Hotel. For more information please visit whiskeycharliewharf.com.

*WDFT Tip: Get there in time to watch the sunset!

- Nyasha Chikowore