2011, with a PUNCH!

Kysha Harris | 10/12/2012, 4:25 p.m.
I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas, happy Chanukah, joyous Kwanzaa and irreverent Festivus!...
2011, with a PUNCH!

1 large lemon, thinly sliced

Pomegranate seeds

Fresh mint leaves

1 ice block

Bring 1/2 cup water and sugar to boil in small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 5 minutes. Cool syrup completely.

Combine Champagne, rum and pomegranate juice in punch bowl. Add enough syrup to sweeten to taste. Mix in lemon slices, pomegranate seeds and mint leaves. Add ice block to bowl.

Drink responsibly please!

Before I sign off of 2010, I must offer a fond food farewell to a few foodies that made this world a better place. Farewell to Morrie Yoxai, creator of the bodega favorite and neon-orange-fingered children and adults everywhere, Cheese Doodles. And to Glen Bell, the founder of the Mexican fast food chain and, for me, the final location of a drunken night in Atlanta, circa 1991, Taco Bell. Finally, to musician, entrepreneur and pork lover Jimmy Dean, whose product was used by millions of Americans making their holiday stuffing/dressing. Thank you for all of your hard work!

Happy New Year's, everyone! To more adventures in food in 2011...cheers!

Enjoy, get eating and thanks for reading!

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