In a large bowl or pitcher mix the carbonated drink (or sparkling wine if making an alcohol-friendly version) with the pomegranate juice and sugar. Add sugar slowly if using carbonated drinks in case it bubbles up. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
Add the orange slices and pomegranate arils. Mix again.
Right before serving add the ice.
At the last minute add the mint. It will over-power your drink if you add it too soon. Stir well.
Serve with a big old pomegranate party punch loving smile!