So I have a rather special edition of #ThirstyThursday today. I know that this is perfectly Fall and all poised to be the quintessential Thanksgiving cocktail. And it can be! but this lovely Fizzy Cranberry Ginger Pear Cocktail is also actually kind of a celebratory toast kind of cocktail. Because something awesome is happening.
If it seems like I have been a little out of it lately- well, I have been. That is because I am deeply entrenched in a wonderful project…
I am writing another cookbook! GAHHHHH!!!!
I can’t believe I am going down this road so quickly again (am I crazy!?) but I do so with the utmost excitement and passion for the topic I am writing on. Any regular readers will know that these two moments defined life over the last year for our family and it has been quite a process. But I have really embraced the idea of making lemonade from lemons, and in a strange way I now feel blessed for this host of food allergies. While it’s not been easy, I know that I can make a difference in the lives of those suffering from intolerances and allergies or that are looking to make a change in their diet and health.
I am so proud and blessed that Clarkson Potter feels the same way, and will be publishing my book Spring of 2016. This will be a much larger book than my last and it will be packed full of lip smacking, finger licking, drool worthy, share with your friends recipes that are easy, accessible, fresh and beautiful.
Oh yeah, and they also happen to be completely allergen free- Like no Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Tree Nuts, Peanuts and Cane Sugar.
“Whaaaaatttttt!!!????” You might be saying?! “What’s Left!?” Plenty I tell you. Plenty of fresh, beautiful, delicious food is waiting for you! So is amazing health and happiness and I can’t wait to bring it to you.
“Wait. Backup. 2016???” you might say. Yeah. I know it is a long ways away- but I had to share because NOW is the time when I am doing all of the crazy work and I wanted to let you know that I haven’t fallen off a cliff or had a brain transplant. It’s still me, and I will try to keep things as normal and steady as possible around here (as long as you can’t see what me and my kitchen look like in real-life right now- which is about the same: NOT PRETTY).
In the end, I am just so excited and pumped up and jazzed and thrilled and… well, you get it. Let me know if you have any questions or requests or if you want to sign up for a slot for recipe testing (I think I am going to open that up soon to some of you guys if you are interested?)
And in the meantime- maybe slug back a few of these Fizzy Cocktails?
Recipe: Fizzy Cranberry Ginger Pear Cocktails
- 4 tablespoons fresh cranberries, thinly sliced
- 4 tablespoons pear, small diced
- 2 tablespoons Ginger Simple Syrup, chilled
- 4 tablespoons pure cranberry juice
- 2 ounces pear liqueur (I used Williams Pear Liqueur)
- chilled prosecco
- Ginger Simple Syrup, makes ½ cup
- 3 slices fresh ginger
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup sugar (we used beet sugar)
- In the bottom of two glasses, split the fresh cranberries and diced pear. Add to each of the glasses one tablespoon of Ginger Simple Syrup, 2 tablespoons of pure cranberry juice and 1 ounce of pear liqueur. Stir well and then top with chilled prosecco.
- For the Ginger Simple Syrup:
- In a small pot, add the ginger slices, sugar and water. Bring to a simmer and let it simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set the pot aside and let cool, at least 5 minutes. Remove the ginger slices and set the ginger syrup aside. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 5 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 2
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Wow! I want to thank you in advance for making us healthier and happier! I look forwards to the new and wonderful recipes! Yea!
Thank you so much Christine! That means a lot!
I am so excited for you and for me! Your recipes are delicious, precise and wonderful! I cannot eat dairy or gluten. The array of sweet, savory and overall gourmet foods make me feel normal again. I can once more feel like a party girl! A heartfelt congratulations to you!
OH Yogamom!!!! That makes me so happy!! I strive to create a big huge book full of recipes where you won’t feel like you are missing thing!
CONGRATS!!!! No allergens, and no cane sugar. Wow. Better you than me 🙂 Seriously that is a major feat right there AND you said it’s going to be bigger than your last book. Your last book is huge and with every chapter I’m like, HOW did she pull this off. You are incredible, Heather!!! I cannot wait to pre-order it 🙂
This cranberry drink, I’d love it for breakfast! Pinned!
Thank you so much Averie! It will be twice the size actually (aaahhh!!!!) Your compliments mean so much to me Averie. Again, thank you 🙂
Ahh this is SO exciting!! I can’t wait to see your next book, it’s sure to be amazzzing!
Yay! Thank you Abby!!! Lots of delicious vegan recipes will be included!!
SO exciting my lovely friend! No one will do it better than you, and I can’t wait for all your ideas! We’re in a completely nut-free (tree nut, sesame, sunflower butter-free) school this year and I’m spending hours on lunches and snacks. Cheering you on and sending love! xx
oh Sarah- thank you so much!!!
Cheers and how awesome, another cook book, Go You!
Thank you so much Julie!!!
Congrats, Heather! What a great resource for families with allergies – you are amazing! Gorgeous cocktails as always!
Thank you Laura!!!!
oh my gosh, congratulations!! I know the book is going to be wonderful, and yes! you can totally make a difference for people struggling with food allergies. you go girl!!
Oh thank you SO much Jessica!!!
We will all be anxiously awaiting its arrival!!!! Thank you
I am so very excited….can hardly wait for it to come out…..and it will be so very healthy…..several family members with different allergies so this will be wonderful.
Oh Wonderful Mo! I really hope it helps!!
Congratulations! You definitely deserve a beautiful fizzy cocktail to celebrate. 🙂
Thank you so much Eileen!!
Mmmm 🙂 I’m always on the lookout for great Fall cocktail recipes…thanks!
Oh good!!! This is certainly the season for boozing!
YAY! This is so exciting. I got your cookbook as a wedding gift last year and I think I have currently cooked about 60% of the way through it (the steak sandwiches with balsamic onions about once a month since my husband is obsessed). I cannot wait for the next one!
Thank you Amanda! I strive for it to be just as delicious as the last one (just a little wee bit healthier!!)
Ahhhh! Congratulations on the new cookbook project. So exciting. Cheers!
Thank you very much Brandon!
so exciting, heather! i’m also thrilled to hear it’ll be gluten/etc-free and i love love love this:
“- “What’s Left!?” Plenty I tell you. Plenty of fresh, beautiful, delicious food is waiting for you! So is amazing health and happiness and I can’t wait to bring it to you. -”
i am so about that.
allllso beet sugar in a cocktail sounds brilliant and fancy! and i’d be interested in a little recipe testing (especially for boozy or savory things)!
Wonderful!!! Thank you Jamie!!
YAY! Congrats!!! I can’t wait for your cookbook!
Congrats Heather!! Can’t wait for your next book! I know how crazy this time is…best of luck! xo
OMG! Congratulations, Heather!! That is SO SO exciting!! You are fabulous and your first cookbook was amazing so I can’t wait to see this 2nd one!! And you better swing by the DC area again 😉 I don’t know how you do it…you post every day, have kids/family to take care of, AND you’re recipe developing. Whew! Good luck to you and can’t wait to see it!! xoxoxo
Congratulations on your new book! I’m sure it will be just as lovely and fabulous as your first! This cocktail is gorgeous! A perfect way to celebrate!
I would like to test a recipe or two for you, Heather.
Congratulations! Love the first book. I’ve never recipe tested before but as an empty nester since August I’d love to try! Looking for new fun ways to spend my time!
Great cocktails Heather!! Congrats in this amazing news. Girl you must be soon busy!! x
This is so exciting! Your first cookbook is one of my absolute favorites! Even though I don’t have any allergies myself, I am thoroughly convinced that your new recipes will be amazing with or without allergens! Maybe some cocktails will be in there, too? Yours are the best!
Congrats! Im a bit late to the party! I can’t wait for this! How fun! I also cant wait to make this bad boy! Yum!!