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.

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes With Salted Caramel Crunch Topping

Sometimes you need to mix up your traditional holiday desserts for something a little different, to create a new tradition. Or maybe you’re just looking for a way to allow yourself to still indulge a little bit, but to not be temped to eat a large piece of pumpkin pie. Then there are those holiday get-togethers where you want to serve something small and bite-sized to make it easier to share. These mini pumpkin cheesecakes definitely fit the bill. They’re tasty, they sparkle, and they truly delight the sweets lovers in your life.


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Garlic and Chive Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe

If you’re looking for something healthier to serve with your dinner for the holidays or every day, you should give cauliflower mashed potatoes a try. For those who are into doing keto or paleo, they are a perfect side dish that fit your needs. For the rest of us, we may just want to try something different. The garlic and the chives give it great flavor, complimenting a wide range of beef, pork, chicken, and plant-based entrees. Plus, it comes together in under 30 minutes, so it is perfect for those busy weeknights when you want to get a healthy dinner on the table without too much fuss.
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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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