Pear, Pomegranate and Bourbon Punch

Less than a week until Turkey Day!!

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If that’s not a reason to celebrate with a little Pear, Pomegranate and Bourbon Punch, I don’t know what is. We’re going to celebrate, and we’re going to celebrate HARD.

Before we get to the recipe, I think it’s time for a little catch-up on life. I’ve had a busy week and the next week is only going to get busier (with plenty of eating, drinking and time with family and friends, of course!)

I just got back last night from a quick trip to Napa with my fellow blogger and gal pal, Hana-Lee, who pens the ultimate wine and travel blog, Wander & Wine. We had a blast checking out some of the new wineries and restaurants, and even a newly renovated resort in Calistoga! I can’t wait to share all the deets (and photos) with you, but in the interest of this Pear, Pomegranate and Bourbon Punch, we’ll save that for another post.

I’m also gearing up for a busy weekend of celebrating Friendsgiving and teaching a Mediterranean cooking night, followed by a fun Holiday Blogger Brunch on Tuesday, and leaving for NorCal on Wednesday! It’s going to be crazy and hectic but I can guarantee it’s all going to be worth it. This is one of my favorite times of the year and I’m going to soak up every second, maybe with a Pear, Pomegranate and Bourbon Punch in hand?

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Alright, alright, I suppose with all this talk of cocktails I should finally get down to business and tell you about this delicious, festive drink. I’ve been experimenting with pears a bit more this season, as you saw in my Harvest Mimosa. Don’t get me wrong, that’s been a great go-to for weekends, brunches, etc., but I’ve been craving a pear-based cocktail with a little more “oomph” for those cooler nights at home snuggled up next to your loved ones with a Hallmark holiday movie on TV (has anyone else been binge-watching those like I have?)

I’d been mulling the idea of pear cider over and over in my mind, but a quick browse through Amazon and a trip to a couple of our local grocery stores told me that pre-made pear cider was going to be a bit hard to come by. I must have been sending out some heavy pear cider vibes to my food blogger community because, wouldn’t you know it, right when I was resigning myself to having to make my own, my gal Jessica over at How Sweet Eats posted this tasty-looking Pear Cider Recipe. I was in business!

Now, unfortunately I wasn’t lucky enough to have access to the Harry & David pears that Jessica used, but the selection at my local Trader Joe’s worked just fine. The Pear Cider takes a little bit of time over the stove, but there’s very minimal interaction involved. And once it’s done, you’ll have at least a couple of quarts worth of Pear Cider to use the whole season through!

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Once you have your homemade pear cider, this cocktail comes together in a snap, with a grand total of just FOUR ingredients, most of which you might have on hand already. We’re talking:

Bourbon
Pear cider
Pomegranate juice
Peychaud’s bitters

That’s it! And let me tell you, the result is so tasty you might want to make sure anyone you’re serving has a safe and sober ride home (or is crashing on the couch!)

So what do you say? Is there any better way to officially ring in the 2016 holiday season than with a Pear, Pomegranate and Bourbon Punch?

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Pear, Pomegranate and Bourbon Punch
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

A fun and festive holiday cocktail featuring homemade pear cider, pomegranate juice and, of course, bourbon!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 2 ounces pear cider Recipe in Notes below
  • 1 ounce pomegranate juice
  • 2-3 dashes Peychaud's bitters
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled ¾ of the way with ice. 

  2. Strain into a martini glass or coupe and enjoy immediately!

Recipe Notes

Pear Cider Recipe

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Now where’s all the turkey??

Harvest Mimosa

Because isn’t it absolutely necessary to have a mimosa for every season?

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I certainly think so, and if you’re not in the same boat, well, maybe you should stop right here. This Harvest Mimosa is life-changing and the only way you’ll want to “mimosa” every weekend from here until New Year’s Day. And yes, I did just turn the word “mimosa” into a verb because it’s most definitely a thing.

Here’s the deal: I consider myself a mimosa expert (I’ve had lots of practice) and take great pride in attaining the perfect sparkling wine to orange juice ratio (see below.) However, when the fall and winter months roll around, I find myself craving something just a little more festive and out of the ordinary. There’s so much to celebrate at this time of year, one just cannot settle for a regular ol’ mimosa!

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Last year around this time, I shared my OG “spooky” sparkling wine cocktail, the Lychee Lightening, so it’s about time I hit you with another great seasonal bubbly drink that can not only ALSO be enjoyed for Halloween, but Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and every occasion (special or not) in between.

We are, in fact, in a celebratory mode this weekend. We’re headed to the hubs’ parent’s house for a family barbecue, where I’ll get to meet a lot of the extended family that couldn’t make it to our wedding. It’s an open house of sorts, a time to casually get to know and catch up with those we haven’t gotten to yet. The wedding was such a whirlwind and went by so quickly, if any of you are getting married soon I HIGHLY recommend planning some “extracurricular” activities shortly after the big day (even if it’s not the same weekend) to really have the opportunity to spend time with everyone. Definitely do not count on getting to do so at the big event, because it’s over in an instant and you are “on” from sunrise ‘til the stroke of midnight. Trust me.

We’re also celebrating my mother-in-law’s birthday this weekend, which makes it even more of a worthy occasion for us to enjoy some Harvest Mimosas. My MIL loves her sparkling wine and is always asking me for my latest and greatest recipes. I’m positive that she’s going to LOVE this one, which means we better make a run to the store and stock up on the bubbly.

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So enough about me and what I’m up to this weekend, let’s get down to the real business at hand: why YOU are going to love this Harvest Mimosa just as much as I do.

First things first, we’re making a fresh pear puree laced with vanilla and cinnamon. The thing I love about pears is that (when ripe) they’re soft and juicy enough to just puree in a blender and run through a sieve. No need for a fancy juicer (which I don’t even have.) I went for fresh pear puree, although a pear nectar/juice would work just fine. You’ll just want to add in a hint of cinnamon to get the real “harvest-y” flavor that’s key in this drink.

After we have our pear puree, we simply place a dollop in the bottom of a champagne flute and add apple cider and brandy (we’re celebrating, aren’t we?) Then, we slowly and carefully top everything with sparkling wine (the pear puree tends to make the sparkling wine extremely fizzy and you don’t want an overflow on your hands!) If you’re feeling really adventurous (and love cinnamon) I highly recommend rimming the flute with a cinnamon-sugar mixture. (It looks so pretty too!) Just use a little extra apple cider to get the cinnamon-sugar to stick on the rim.

That’s it! Super easy, huh? This Harvest Mimosa literally tastes like fall in a glass. It transports you to every apple-picking, pumpkin patch adventure you’ve ever been on, without even leaving your house. It’s cinnamon-y, fruity, and has just the right amount of kick to warm you from the inside out.

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I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I’m even going to wait until 5 o’clock to make this one…

Happy Friday friends! I hope you have a great weekend!

Harvest Mimosa
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
A delicious, fall take on the mimosa with cinnamon-vanilla pear puree, apple cider and brandy.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktails, drinks, fall, pear, sparkling wine
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
For the pear puree (this will give you about 2 cups puree total):
  • 4 ripe pears peeled and cored
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Harvest Mimosa:
  • 2 ounces pear puree
  • 1 ounce brandy
  • 1 ounce apple cider
  • 4 ounces sparkling wine
Instructions
To make the pear puree:
  1. Cut pears into chunks and place in blender with cinnamon and vanilla. Blend on high until a smooth puree forms.
To make the Harvest Mimosa:
  1. Place 2 ounces of pear puree in the bottom of a champagne flute. Add brandy and apple cider, then slowly pour in the sparkling wine. Really take your time with adding the sparkling wine. If you pour too fast, it will bubble up and overflow!
Recipe Notes

Note: If you’d like to rim the glass with cinnamon-sugar, combine equal amounts ground cinnamon and sugar on a small plate (you’ll probably only need a couple of teaspoons of each.) Pour about 2 teaspoons of apple cider onto a separate small plate. Before mixing your drink, dip the rim of the flute in the apple cider, and then into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

 

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