Sparkling Apple-Pear Mock Sangria {with options to spike it!}

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Our holidays include equal thought given to the drinks as to the food.  Whether it is something fresh and bubbly, a special cocktail or infusion, there is always something special on the menu.  In past years when we’ve hosting those opting out of alcoholic beverages, either by choice or by age (our kids for instance) we seek out unexpected sparkling juices or ciders.  There are wonderful sparkling (and organic) pear, cranberry and of course apple cider and apple juice.   Everyone drinks from goblets, even the kids, which makes it all feel like an occasion.

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Regular readers will know I love an infusion!  Whenever the mood strikes, I combine various fruits (and sometimes candy) with alcohol to make up infused liquor for cocktails.  It’s been very gratifying and cost saving for those blends frequently used, such as Lemon-infused Vodka (which I use a lot in summer cocktails).

This year I felt I should put as much attention to those not consuming spirits as those who do.  I decided to create a seasonal mock sangria (sangria being a wine and fruit infusion originating in Spain), making it up a few days before needed and topping it off with some Ginger Ale for sparkle when served.  The flavors of pear, apple, pomegranate and some lime are paired with pear and spiced apple juice making a truly fall celebration in a glass.

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For those thinking they’d like it better with a kick, never fear.  Instead of ginger ale some sparkling wine (especially red) would be fantastic.  Or you could whip up a batch of Apple-Infused Vodka or Spiced Pear-Infused Vodka to perk it up!

Making Sparkling Apple-Pear Mock Sangria  BoulderLocavore.com

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Sparkling Apple-Pear Mock Sangria

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Aproximately 15 1-cup servings

This mock Sangria is a perfect option for gatherings or simple to enjoy the fall season with apple, pear and pomegranate flavors with a sparkling touch. It makes an occasion special for those choosing not to imbibe and can easily be 'spiked' for those who wish too. Perfect for Thanksgiving!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium D’Anjou Pears, peeled, cored and sliced vertically into ½ inch slices
  • 3 medium Granny Smith apples, cut into ½ slices vertically with seeds removed
  • 2 Limes, peeled and sliced into ½ inch slices
  • Seeds from ½ a large Pomegranate
  • 2-25 ounce Sparkling Pear Juice (I used Knudsen brand which is also organic)
  • 32 ounces Spiced Apple Cider*
  • 2 liter bottle Ginger Ale

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a drink dispenser with a spigot, or a large sealable jar, and allow to infuse in the refrigerator for 2 days.
  2. To serve: Fill a glass with 2/3’s of the mock sangria and top off with ginger ale.

Notes

*This is a perfect time of year to find fresh Spiced Apple Cider from farms. There is nothing quite like fresh cider however if unavailable there are several varieties in the supermarket of high quality.

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Comments

    • says

      I hope you will Chung-Ah! It’s so ‘fall’ and something special for those not imbibing with the flexibility to be ‘fortified’ for those who prefer a little nip on the holidays!

      Completely different subject: I love, love, love your work! I’ve been pinning you like mad of late and loved seeing you as a fellow BHG Gift Guide contributor! You have an incredible eye, fantastic palate and creative spirit! Thanks for beating me to the punch to connect. Happy, happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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