It’s past the first few days of November, which means it’s Thanksgiving planning time! Every year, Alex and I have a tradition where we create an entire Thanksgiving menu to share on the blog, and it’s one of our favorite things about the month. For the menu, we focus on healthy, whole food recipes that make the ingredients shine and are fabulously delicious without extra calories and richness. Since we’re always Thanksgiving guests, we never get to host, so this meal is our time to experiment with lots of fall flavors. We spent a few weeks ago making the entire meal, with a few helpers (one of them was a reader who we met through our Cook for Health September contest!).
We’ll share all the recipes with you starting next week, but to start it off, here’s a little before dinner drink. It can be either alcoholic or non-alcoholic, and both versions are fantastic. It’s sweet and slightly tangy, and would look lovely garnished with pomegranate seeds (we intended to use them but overlooked it before snapping the photos above!).
To make the soda water, we used this soda maker available in our new gift shop. It’s a perfect idea for as healthy beverage substitute for soda pop, which is why we purchased it. Alex used to be a huge pop drinker, and while he hasn’t had the stuff in years, he still enjoys beverages that are more exciting than plain old water. Soda water with some lemon and/or lime wedges is a perfect soda substitute, and we drink it often. It’s also fun to experiment with carbonating other beverages, like wine (instant champagne!).
We hope you enjoy this cocktail — and we look forward to sharing the remainder of the Thanksgiving meal over the next 2 weeks!
PS We just created a gift shop with our favorite kitchen tools and cookbooks to help with holiday gift ideas for your friends and family. Check it out!
Pomegranate Cider Spritzer
Stuffed Delicata Squash with Wild Rice, Brown Butter and Sage
Garlic and Chive Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecorino and Pecans
Massaged Kale Salad with Apple and Pomegranate
Poached Pears with Pecan Granola and Whipped Cream
Check out our Thanksgiving Pinboard for more ideas.Print
- 450 mL apple cider (non-alcoholic)
- 150 mL pomegranate juice
- 300 mL soda water
- 2 limes
- Pomegranate seeds (optional)
- Vodka or bourbon (optional)
- Mix together 450 mL apple cider, 150 mL pomegranate juice, and 300 mL soda water (we used a soda maker, available here). For an alcoholic version, add a splash of vodka or bourbon.
- Cut lime wedgesand add the juice of two wedges to each serving. Garnish with lime wedges and pomegranate seeds.
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is author and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious, and a recipe developer and healthy & sustainable food advocate behind the award-nominated food blog A Couple Cooks.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is photographer and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best new cookbooks” by Bon Appetit, and a recipe developer, photographer, and technical expert at A Couple Cooks.