Whether you associate the month with back to school, football season, or harvest, September marks the beginning of fall and the celebration of the autumnal equinox—that particular moment when night and day are practically equal. What better way to embrace the season and capture the mood of crisp evenings and glowing fires than with a flowing bowl? Punch has been a staple since the seventeenth century. The name originates from the Sanskrit word “pancha,” meaning “five,” hinting to the five traditional components (spirit, citrus, sugar, water, and spice) that make up the customary tipple. This big-batch pomegranate margarita won’t knock you out—the pitcher-perfect drink is fortified with sherry and seasoned with a spicy tequila or mezcal to celebrate the season without a high-proof kick.
1/2 cup honey syrup
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 cups sherry
1 cup Ghost tequila or mezcal
1 cup pomegranate juice
Fresh pomegranate and citrus slices for garnish
Mix the honey syrup with the lemon juice thoroughly, then combine all the ingredients except the garnishes in a punch bowl with ice. Garnish with fresh pomegranate and citrus slices.