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Eye-opening notes of lemon, lime, and grapefruit keep this festive punch from heading into ultra-sweet territory—and fresh mint seconds the motion. "Once the Champagne has been added," says Scott Peacock, "serve the drinks as soon as possible to experience the maximum tickle of bubbles."

8 servings
Active Time
25 min
Total Time
11/2 hr (includes chilling)


    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 cup white grape juice
    • 1 1/2 cups fresh grapefruit juice (preferably pink or ruby red)
    • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
    • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 1 cup dry white wine
    • 1/4 cup Cognac or other brandy
    • 1/2 cup packed mint leaves
    • 1 navel orange, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    • 1 lime, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    • 1 lemon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    • 1 (750-ml) bottle Champagne or other sparkling white wine, chilled


    1. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar has dissolved, then transfer to a bowl and cool syrup completely (or quick-chill by setting bowl in an ice bath and stirring occasionally until cool).
    2. Stir together juices, wine, Cognac, mint, fruit, and cooled syrup in a large pitcher. Chill, covered, until cold, about 1 hour. Stir in Champagne.

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