Spooky season is upon us, and this gothic party-ready punch is just what your next celebration calls for. Featuring a star anise-scented blackberry syrup, raspberry liqueur, pomegranate juice, and sinister black vodka, it’s sure to surprise and delight all of your guests. Built for sharing, this punch is accented with fresh orange wheels, blackberries, and pomegranate arils. Serve in a pitcher or a punch bowl for maximum impact.
This recipe requires overnight freeze time.
Arrange ½ the orange slices, 1 cup of blackberries, pomegranate pieces, and rosemary sprigs in a round 6-inch container. Fill the container with warm water until all of the fruit is either fully immersed or mostly immersed. Freeze overnight.
Place 1 cup blackberries, star anise pods, sugar, and water in a small saucepan. Using a muddler or potato masher, mash the berries into the sugar and water. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce it to a simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes.
Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth and strain the berry mixture into a glass. Set it aside to cool slightly.
Pour 3 ounces of the blackberry syrup into a large pitcher. Add the black vodka, raspberry liqueur, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, and orange bitters. Fill the pitcher ¾ of the way up with ice and stir until chilled.
Place the frozen fruit disc in a large punch bowl or a pitcher.
Strain the cocktail mixture into the punch bowl using a bar spoon to keep the ice from falling into the bowl. Add the club soda, remaining orange wheels, and remaining blackberries. Serve immediately.