A Gingery Non-Alcoholic Drink
Did the inclusion of the word “pear” in the title get your attention? Pears are considered high FODMAP yet Monash University has lab-tested pears to be low FODMAP in portions of 5 g. Our Ginger Pomegranate Pear Sparkler takes advantage of that fact.
How Much Pear is Low FODMAP?
So I thought, what the heck does 5 grams of pear look like?I knew it would be a small amount. And the second question I asked myself was, what could I do with such a small amount of pear? The idea of a thin slice of pear floating in the drink popped into my brain and I thought, why not?
The pear ends up being subtle, but it does lend its pear perfume to the drink, it looks so lovely and you CAN eat the pear!
How do you cut a 5-gram piece of pear? CAREFULLY. And with a very sharp knife, or preferably a mandoline. And you should weigh it to be sure. If you do not have a scale I will gently shake my finger at you because you SHOULD own a digital scale since you are following the low FODMAP diet – but here is another tip.
The slice of pear should be thin enough that you can see through it.
Drink Your Ginger!
Ginger is low FODMAP and we can use it in a variety of ways, from ground ginger, as in out rolled Gingerbread Cookies, to fresh ginger, as in our Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps, to candied ginger, which you can find in our Spiced Rhubarb Chutney and then there are ginger beverages.
This recipe combines a ginger-flavored sparkly beverage and you have choices. The main choices are products that will be labeled as ginger ale, nonalcoholic ginger beer or ginger sparkling water.
All of these CAN be low FODMAP – but you have to read labels. Watch out for high fructose corn syrup, which you want to avoid. Any of these ginger beverages will work, but they will create a different final result.
- Ginger flavored sparkling water will make the mildest tasting recipe.
- Most ginger ale will be somewhere in the middle, in terms of gingery impact.
- Many ginger beers (again, these are NON-alcoholic) are very spicy, in a good way, and pack a ginger punch!
You can choose what you would like to use.
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Low FODMAP Ginger Pomegranate Pear Sparkler
This easy mocktail is fancy enough for your swankiest party
- Ice cubes
- 6 ounces (180 ml) your sparkling ginger beverage of choice
- 5 gram slice of fresh pear
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds
Fill a tall glass with ice cubes and pour in your sparkling ginger beverage. Slide that thin slice of pear down along the side of the glass, scatter the pomegranate seeds on top and serve! A straw or stirrer makes it even more festive.