Enjoy a Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail and Mocktail!

The holiday season may elicit thoughts of cranberry everything, but that isn’t the only reddish fruit out there. I also love pomegranate. (The pomegranate mimosa my local bar and grill used to make is still my favorite!) So why not try it as a holiday cocktail and mocktail? Sparkling water gives you the fancy and festive fizz of champagne. Serve in decorative holiday-themed glasses for even more seasonal cheer! Want to keep it non-alcoholic? All you have to do is leave out the vodka. Your whole family will enjoy it before or during dinner!

Yield: 2 drinks
Total Prep Time: 5 minutes


Ingredients for a Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail:

  • 4 oz. citrus-flavored vodka, chilled
  • 6 oz. 100% Pomegranate juice, chilled
  • 3 T. fresh lime juice
  • 4 oz. cold sparkling water
  • Optional garnish:
    • lime wedges
    • fresh pomegranate arils

How to Make a Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and add vodka, pomegranate, and lime juice.
  2. Shake to combine thoroughly.
  3. Strain liquid mixture evenly into two champagne glasses and top with sparkling water.
  4. Serve immediately.

Make it a Sparkling Pomegranate Mocktail

If your kids want to join in the fun, or you or a guest prefer to not imbibe, easily make this into a mocktail by leaving out the vodka. It’s just as tasty!

A Holiday Twist: The Cranberry Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule has been making a huge comeback over the past couple of years. Everyone is in love with that gingery deliciousness in a copper mug. So why not give it a twist this holiday season? Find out how to make a Moscow Mule with a colorful festive feel in the Cranberry Moscow Mule! 

Yield: 1 cocktail
Total Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cranberry Moscow Mule Ingredients

  • 3 oz. premium vodka
  • 1 oz. 100% cranberry juice
  • 1 T. fresh lime juice
  • 8 oz. ginger beer

Garnish for a Cranberry Moscow Mule

  • fresh rosemary sprigs, bottom leaves removed, approximately 2-3” long
  • fresh cranberries
  • fresh lime wedges

How to Make the Garnish:

Take your fresh rosemary sprigs and cut them into lengths of about 2″ to 3″. Be sure to remove the bottom leaves. With your sturdiest stems, carefully thread three fresh cranberries to the bottom. Set aside as you make the drink.

Cranberry Moscow Mule Recipe:

Fill your special copper mugs with ice. Next grab your cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Over that add your vodka, cranberry juice, and lime juice and give it a good shake. Pour the mixture into your copper mugs and then top off with ginger beer. Give it a gentle stir to combine all of the ingredients.

Next top off the mugs with your cranberry rosemary sprigs and lime wedges, if you are so inclined. Serve immediately.

November Food Holiday Observances

For me, November truly means fall. The weather is no longer warm. The leaves are really falling off of the trees and I start to think of all things turkey. November is also my mother’s birthday month, so I relish my Thanksgiving memories with her. But there are all kinds of November Food Holiday Observances to enjoy, many of which also make me think of her. Use this to help you to plan your menu at home, for creative snack ideas in the classroom, or party fun! I’ll keep adding links as I come up with them. Also be sure to check out my Pinterest boards of Recipes to Try and Montessori Food Prep Activities for even more ideas. Which ones are your favorites?

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Refresh Your Holiday Cocktails with a Peppermint Martini

Okay, I am calling the peppermint martini a holiday cocktail, but I have been known to sip on this even in the summer. The cool minty flavor tastes really good when it’s really hot out, as well as keeping you warm when it’s frigid outside. (Can we say negative windchill temps today as I am writing this? *cry*) And of course you can make it super festive with a crushed candy cane rim. (Remember to stock up at all of those after-Christmas sales!)

Yield: 1 cocktail
Time to Prepare: 10 minutes

Peppermint Martini Recipe Ingredients:

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Cranberry Mimosa Cocktails for the Holidays

The fall and winter holiday season is a great time to take your cocktails to the next level. Mimosas are a particular brunch favorite, be it the holidays or other special occasion. Technically a mimosa has to be have some kind of a citrus-based juice with the sparkling wine or champagne. We’re going to fudge the definition a bit with cranberry mimosa recipes. Bars, restaurants, and even your kitchen often already have cranberry juice on hand anyway. Each mimosa cocktail here uses cranberry in some fashion. Which one piques your interest?

How to Make Mimosas – Cranberry Style

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