Urban Rio Cocktail Dinner + Holiday Cocktail Recipe

December 19, 2016
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Every month, Urban Rio in Plano hosts a themed cocktail dinner.  I am a huge fan of craft cocktails and delicious food, so these events are right up my alley.  Not to mention, Urban Rio is right down the street from us.  After months of including these dinners on my north Dallas food and fitness events lists, Colton and I were finally able to make the December holiday cocktail dinner. I am so glad we did!

About Urban Rio

Urban Rio is one of my favorite restaurants located in downtown Plano. In fact, I shared a copycat recipe of one of my favorite menu items a few months ago.  Executive Chef Salvatore Gisellu has created a beautiful menu featuring a variety of Mexican flavors.  He makes every menu item with the most authentic and fresh ingredients.  They also have some of the best happy hour deals.

About the dinners

Urban Rio and Chef Salvatore Gisellu have cultivated a fun and relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a gourmet 5 course meal, partnered with some of the most delicious cocktails in Plano for only $39.90.  We sat with three other couples at a table for 8, and had a great time getting to know everyone between courses.  The chef explained the inspiration behind each dish in the five courses.

Course 1: Red pozole, grilled corn, and kale soup + Holiday sipper (strawberry hibiscus margarita)

Course 2: Roasted pear and walnut salad, blue cheese, cranberry chipotle vinaigrette + CranPear Bellini

This isn’t your tiny, sample size 5-course meal.  As if a full size soup and salad were not enough, we still had several more courses to go.

Course 3: Citrus-roasted turkey empanada, cream, dry fig chutney + Fig smash

Course 4: Carne asada, ham, grilled pineapple, orange, and maple sweet potato + Jingle juice

Just when I thought I couldn’t fit any more into my stomach, they brought out dessert.  Believe me, you will want to pace yourself in order to enjoy every drink and course, including dessert.

Course 5: Salted Mexican blondie and almond gelato + Salted caramel white Russian

Next month, start 2017 off right with the Skinny Cocktail Dinner on January 17 at 6:30. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing

Every guest receives a menu with the cocktail recipes on the back.  Today, I am sharing one of my favorite cocktails from the list, the CranPear Bellini.

CranPear Bellini recipe

This is the perfect cocktail to have at your Christmas gatherings.  It requires few ingredients, and tastes great with almost everything!  This was one of my favorite drinks of the night, and I am happy to share the recipe with you.

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1.5 oz. white cranberry juice
1.5 oz. pear nectar
Cranberry (for garnish)


Combine cranberry juice and pear nectar in shaker with ice.  Strain into cocktail glass.  Top with champagne and add cranberry for a pop of color.

PIN for later

Have you been to Urban Rio’s monthly cocktail dinner?  Who will you make the bellini for this week? Leave me a comment below!

  • Chrissy December 19, 2016 at 6:52 am

    This was really interesting and the food and cocktail look delicious!

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks, Chrissy! It was soon good.

  • Divya December 19, 2016 at 7:44 am

    You had me at “cocktail” (as most people always do!)

    The signature cocktails at restaurants are what calls me in to their open doors!

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Me too, Divya!

  • Jordan Harrell December 19, 2016 at 8:58 am

    This whole post made me really hungry. And thirsty. I want to try this place out! I’m in Fort Worth so it’d be a bit of a drive, but it looks totally worth it!

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      Definitely worth the drive, Jordan!

  • Sharon December 19, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Yummm! This belini look delish and refreshing. Where does one find pear nectar? Is it in the juice aisle or produce section? Thanks!

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      You can get it in the juice aisle, or sometimes the “hispanic foods” aisle. You can also use the juice from canned peaches if your grocery store doesn’t have it. 🙂

  • Renee groskreutz December 19, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Ok this looks fab! I would have never considered pear with champagne before but now maybe I should. Thank you for this drink inspiration here.

    • Jessica December 19, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      Of course! It is so good!!

  • Dominique December 19, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    That all sounds so delicious and awesome value! I can’t believe you got all those courses and cocktails for that price!!

    • Jessica December 21, 2016 at 8:38 am

      It was such a great deal, for such amazing food!!

  • Rebecca Hicks December 19, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    That sounds like so much fun! That cocktail dinner sounds like so much fun… I’d love to go someday!

    • Jessica December 21, 2016 at 8:43 am

      We should go sometime! They do them every months! 🙂

  • Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen December 20, 2016 at 4:43 am

    That meal looks delicious, and your bellini sounds amazing! Definitely a great drink option for the holidays.

  • Alexa December 20, 2016 at 8:24 am

    That meal looks delicious and the cocktail is right up my alley. Light and refreshing!

    • Jessica December 21, 2016 at 9:05 am

      Exactly why it is perfect for this season!!

  • Jen @ Saving with Spunk December 20, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Yum! And I love that it’s white. White cocktails are so chic to me. Can’t wait to try this but also that salted caramel white russian sounds decadent! I’ll have to try my hand at making that one 😉

  • Melissa Blake December 20, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    That sounds so fun!!! xoxo

  • Deb December 21, 2016 at 1:14 am

    These look incredibly yummy!

  • Kristen Kavan December 21, 2016 at 10:26 am

    that kale soup and turkey empanada sounds amazing. I love anything and everything mexican food inspired! and this cocktail, right up my alley! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Madeline Hall December 21, 2016 at 11:32 am

    This looks like the perfect holiday cocktail! I love how festive it is. And this all looked so delicious!

  • Mai Lyn Ngo December 24, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Urban Rio is a gem! And 5 courses for $40 is a steal! Im adding your cranpear bellini to my list. Looks so easy to make.

  • Brittany Giles December 26, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    I think I am going to try this out this weekend! Looks amazing!