This fresh pear and cranberry mocktail is healthy, full of flavor, and lower in sugar than most fruity drinks. Perfect for the holidays or girls’ nights in.

This fresh pear and cranberry mocktail is healthy, full of flavor, and lower in sugar than most fruity drinks. Perfect for the holidays or girls’ nights in.

Girls’ nights, birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner, or a cozy night in watching The Bachelor, there’s never a bad time to sip on a refreshing fizzy mocktail.

This fresh pear and cranberry mocktail is a pleasant combination of tart and sweet. The seasonal fresh fruit makes it the perfect non-alcoholic drink for New Year’s Eve and other holiday parties, but of course, it tastes great any time of the year. If you or your guests are avoiding alcohol, this is something festive and fruity you can serve for mocktail drinks, instead of the usual large pitcher of iced tea or lemonade.

This fresh pear and cranberry mocktail is healthy, full of flavor, and lower in sugar than most fruity drinks. Perfect for the holidays or girls’ nights in.

You’ll love this holiday mocktail not only because of the flavor, but because it’s healthy too. Prepared fruit juice may be the quick solution for a party drink mix, but I promise the extra steps for making the fruit puree will give you a better ROI in freshness and flavor.

We could all use a little less refined sugar during the holiday season, am I right? Some fruity mocktails and party drinks can also contain up to 70 grams of sugar per 16 ounces—or more! Rather than using ginger ale or a bottled cranberry juice (like cranberry juice cocktail from Ocean Spray), the fresh homemade fruit puree provides fewer grams of sugar, plus a good boost of vitamin C.

This fresh pear and cranberry mocktail is healthy, full of flavor, and lower in sugar than most fruity drinks. Perfect for the holidays or girls’ nights in.

Instead of simple syrup, I used honey to sweeten it up, which has fewer calories and small amounts of vitamins and minerals. To make this recipe vegan-friendly, simply swap pure maple syrup or stevia for the honey.

If you want to turn this sparkling cranberry mocktail into a cocktail recipe, you can do so by substituting champagne for the sparkling water or club soda. As an added bonus, the electrolytes from the fruit puree will help keep you hydrated (an important factor for hangover prevention).

This fresh pear and cranberry mocktail is healthy, full of flavor, and lower in sugar than most fruity drinks. Perfect for the holidays or girls’ nights in.

You’ll notice this mocktail is actually a sous vide recipe, because I used my Anova sous vide precision cooker to cook the fruit instead of baking it in the oven. Either method is totally fine, and I’ve also included the oven instructions for you below.

I hope you enjoy! Do you have any other favorite holiday drink or mocktail recipes? I’d love to learn about them in the comments below.

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Fresh Pear and Cranberry Mocktail

This fresh pear and cranberry mocktail is healthy, full of flavor, and lower in sugar than most fruity drinks. Perfect for the holidays or girls’ nights in.

This fresh pear and cranberry mocktail is healthy, full of flavor, and lower in sugar than most fruity drinks. Perfect for the holidays or girls’ nights in.

  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Drink, Gluten Free, Vegan Friendly
  • Method: Sous Vide or Bake
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 medium ripe pear (peeled, cut in half, and cored)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons honey (use maple syrup or stevia if vegan)
  • Sparkling water (or champagne if you want to make an alcoholic version)

Instructions

  1. Preheat water to 175°F with an Anova sous vide precision cooker.  
  2. In the meantime, combine all prepared ingredients except the sparkling water in a sous vide bag. Vacuum seal it and slowly lower it into the prepared water bath. Cook for 30 minutes.
  3. When the fruit is cooked and softened, transfer to a food processor. Process on high until it’s pureed. Taste and add more honey or your preferred sweeteners if desired. Add more water if the puree is too thick.
  4. Refrigerate the fruit puree until it’s completely chilled, about 30 minutes.
  5. When ready to serve, place 3 tablespoons fruit puree in a wine glass; mix it with a little bit of sparkling water with a spoon until well dissolved. Then top it with more sparkling water till the glass is 3/4 full. Repeat this step for the rest of the servings.  
  6. Garnish with fresh mint, lemon slices, lime slices, or a few fresh cranberries.

Notes

  • If you don’t have a sous vide machine, combine all ingredients except the sparking water in a small baking dish and bake at 400°F for 20-22 minutes until the fruit is bubbly.
  • This recipe makes about 2 cups of the fruit puree. If you have leftover puree, it can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.
  • Nutrition facts are calculated without sparkling water or champagne.
  • Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker.
This fresh pear and cranberry mocktail is healthy, full of flavor, and lower in sugar than most fruity drinks. Perfect for the holidays or girls’ nights in.

6 thoughts on “Fresh Pear and Cranberry Mocktail”

  1. What a festive, bubbly super healthy mocktail! I’m hosting a brunch in a few weeks, and this would be perfect served alongside a bottle of champagne! I’ll let you know how it goes!

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