This Roasted Apple Pear Mocktail has rich, jammy flavors that pair perfectly with seasonal recipes for Thanksgiving and the Holidays. It's a family-friendly drink great for entertaining!
When it comes time to plan a Thanksgiving menu, it's all too easy to forget about the drinks. While wine is a staple at most holiday tables, I like to have something fun, tasty and non-alcoholic to share too. This roasted apple pear mocktail is my family's new favorite.
It has tons of sweet, fruity flavor and is the perfect seasonal sip to complement classic holiday dishes. You can easily turn it ion t an adult beverage, or share it with little ones for a sophisticated but easy mocktail.
How to Make Roasted Apple Pear Mocktails
Because I like to serve these drinks chilled, the first step is to roast the apples and pears so they can cool down well.
Roasting the fruit helps caramelize the flavors for a jammy, ultra-bold fruit taste.
Here's what you need to make these roasted fruit mocktails for fall
Pears. I like D'Anjou pears
Apples. My favorites are Honeycrisp, but you can use any kind you like.
Maple syrup. Honey will also work.
Olive oil. This prevents the apples from drying out.
Warming spices. Use cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice.
Lemon juice. To brighten up the dark, earthy flavors.
You can add some fun garnishes to these roasted apple drinks. I like to add:
Fresh apples and pears
A sprinkle of cinnamon
Dried apple rings
Doubling the Recipe
If you're planning to serve these drinks to a big crowd, you can easily scale the recipe up. No need to make changes to the recipe steps!
What to Serve with Roasted Apple Mear Drinks
I love serving these roasted fruit drinks with seasonal recipes like:
Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 375ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Halve 2 medium D’Anjou pears lengthwise. Halve, core, and thinly slice 2 medium Honeycrisp apples (no need to peel the pears or apples). Place the pears and apples in a large bowl.
Add ¼ cup of the maple syrup, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, and ¼ teaspoon ground allspice, and toss until the fruit are fully coated.
Transfer to the baking sheet and arrange in the single layer with the pears cut-side up. Bake until the fruit is golden-brown and knife tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
Transfer 1 cup roasted apple slices to a medium bowl, add 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and crush everything together with a muddler (or one end of a rolling pin) until the apples are fully broken down. Add 2 cups filtered water and the remaining 2 tablespoons maple syrup, and stir until well combined.
Make the mocktails: For each drink, fill an 8-ounce glass halfway with crushed ice. Add ½ cup of the crushed apple mixture. Garnish with 1 roasted halved pear, a Honeycrisp apple slice, and a rosemary sprig. Top with ginger beer until the glass is filled.
Sip and Enjoy!
Tips & Tricks
SWEETENER: Instead of maple syrup, you can substitute with Agave syrup.
MAKE AHEAD: You can make the muddled apple, filtered water, and maple syrup mixture up to 1 day ahead and refrigerate in an airtight container.
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