Cranberry Pear Mocktail Mules

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You know what I realized this week? For the last five Thanksgivings, I’ve been nursing or pregnant (or both). Five. In a row.

Cranberry Pear Mock Mules

Suffice it to say things have swung in the opposite direction this year and it’s making me obsess over the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail. But, as a woman who has (very recently) been there, I know I want to have a mocktail on the menu too – not only for pregnant and/or nursing crowd but also for the designated drivers, kids, and people who would just rather not have the alcohol.

This Cranberry Pear Mocktail Mule is a non-alcoholic take on a Moscow Mule with a seasonal twist. I love the way the sweetness of the pear nectar plays off the tartness of the cranberries – and then you get the bite from the ginger beer at the end! Despite being a non-alcoholic, this drink feels celebratory!

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These gorgeous copper mugs are from Moscow Muled. All of their mugs are handmade (hand hammered!) and lined with high-grade nickle to prevent the copper from reacting with your drink. They’re truly works of art and perfect for your holiday drinks!

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Cranberry Pear Mocktail Mules
(a Kate’s Recipe Box original)
Serves 2

2/3 cup pear nectar
2/3 cup sparkling cranberry-apple juice
1 bottle ginger beer
Ice
Pear slices
Fresh cranberries

Fill the mugs halfway with ice. Stir together pear nectar and cranberry-apple juice. Divide between two mugs. Top off each with ginger beer. Garnish with pear slices and cranberries.

Fresh Corn Salsa (12)

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Pomegranate and Avocado Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

So far, Jake is not a picky eater. I know we’re just getting into toddler-battle territory so it may change but for now we’re still happily surprised every time he tries and loves a new food. One of our recent finds is pomegranate. I bought one to make this salad and tossed him a few arils while I was prepping things. He devoured them and screamed for me.

At this point, the kid would probably eat his weight in pomegranates if we let him. I’ve bought more pomegranates in the last few weeks than I have in all my previous years of grocery shopping combined.

While the pomegranate was the standout for Jacob, he did eat some of the bacon, goat cheese and avocado too. The adults happily ate everything, of course! This salad is going to make a repeat appearance at our Thanksgiving table this year.

PomegranateAvocadoSalad

Pomegranate and Avocado Salad
(Adapted from Gimme Some Oven)
Serves 6-8

1 large head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 pear, diced
1 pomegranate, seeded
1 avocado, diced
6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup of goat cheese crumbles

Toss together in a large bowl and serve with citrus vinaigrette.

 

Citrus Vinaigrette

1/3 cup orange juice
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/3 cup olive oil.

Whisk together and serve.