Muddled Pear Moscow Mule #LoveNZFruit

Do you know me? Like…know me, know me?

Then you know I am not much of a drinker. It’s just not something I ever got a taste for. Sure, I’ll have a cocktail now and again, a glass of wine maybe. But it’s pretty rare, unless I’m at a mommy blogger conference and I need something to take the edge off.

Oh, stop judging me. If you haven’t been to a mommy blogger conference, you are not allowed to judge. Those things are vicious.

So – that being said, I do still like a cocktail. It just has to be REALLY good. For a while there, I was all about the Pimm’s Cup, thanks to my friend Rachel who used to work at The Bank Food & Drink. She can make a mean Pimm’s, let me tell you. Now? Thanks to my friend Brooke of Cheeky Kitchen, I am into the Moscow Mule in a big and bad way.

Gee, thanks, Brooke.

A combination of vodka, a little lime juice, and ginger beer are all it takes, and believe it or not, that’s plenty refreshing when served with fresh mint. But me? Well, I like to twist things. Make them a little different. Fancier. More flavorful.


In steps Taylor’s Gold Pears.

A month or so ago I was asked if I would be willing to create something summery with Taylor’s Gold Pears (versus the typical autumn themed recipe most of us think of when we think pears), I was intrigued. And then, a bit later, when I came home from one of my trips to a huge crate of these gorgeous pears – I knew I had made a great decision.

Now, you may not know this, but pears have got to be one of my favorite fruits. But they are so hard to find – at least GOOD ones. Oh my word, you guys…these are the best pears I have ever eaten. Kid you not, I almost didn’t have enough left to work with because I kept eating them out of hand. A deep rich brown skin, soft and utterly dripping with juice on the inside…so sweet and sinful. I couldn’t get enough.

I might need to move to New Zealand (where these pears hail from) for a at least a few months a year to keep myself in these things. I’m told they are ripe there from April-July, so, if you see them in the store here (LOOK FOR THEM!) – snatch them up. Not joking. Best.Ever,

So back to my drink.

I took the Moscow Mule and made it a little fruity. To keep it majorly simple, I just muddled the pear, skin and all, in the bottom of my super sexy Mason jar. Yes, I live in Virginia, and no, not ALL of my mason jars are full of moonshine. At the moment.

Once the pear was muddled, I topped it with a bit of fresh lime juice, added the vodka, and gave it the traditional shake. I added my crushed ice directly to the jar, then poured in my favorite ginger beer for a kick.

And then I drank it all up.

You will too!


Muddled Pear Moscow Mule

makes 2


  • 1 New Zealand Pear, cored and sliced
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • crushed ice
  • 1 – 12 ounce can ginger beer


Muddle the pear in a large glass or jar. Add lime juice and vodka; shake vigorously.

Add crushed ice to two glasses, pour half of mixture over each glass of ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with pear slice, if desired.

New Zealand Pears

During the summer in the U.S., pears and apples abound in New Zealand. When you see New Zealand pears and apples in the stores they’re super-fresh and ready to eat. That’s why I have teamed up with some amazing bloggers to come up with a bunch of delicious summer recipes featuring New Zealand pears and apples. Today, we’re focusing on summer pear recipes, like my Mule. Check them all out below…. And follow along all summer on social media using #loveNZfruit


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Tomorrow night, May 29th, at 8pm EST, we will be sharing recipes, tips, and all things Pear on Twitter! Join us for some fun and prizes (yep, prizes!) – I’ll be there along with these other lovely bloggers, so swing on by! We will be using #LoveNZFruit so follow along!

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Taylor’s Gold Pears. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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