Sunrise Sparkler with Sierra Mist (and a Giveaway!)

Update: The winner of the giveaway is Mandy C – congratulations, Mandy!

In my neck of the woods, sipping on a bloody Mary or two is a long-standing New Year’s Day tradition. That said, only recently did I acquire a taste for a good bloody Mary, so I’m particularly partial to fruitier concoctions like mimosas or, my personal favorite, a good madras. Today I’m sharing a cocktail recipe featuring Sierra Mist Natural that I’ve dubbed The Sunrise Sparkler. It’s the perfect New Year’s Day drink and is inspired by some of my favorite cocktails. A mix of fruit juices make it sweet and brunch-appropriate while the addition of ruby red grapefruit juice keeps it from being excessively so. Plus, I love that Sierra Mist is naturally sweetened with no artificial ingredients and it adds just the right amount of sparkle to this fun drink. Top it with blueberries and you’ll get an extra dose of antioxidants, too!

The Sunrise Sparkler

Ingredients -

  • 2 oz. Sierra Mist Natural
  • 1 oz.  vodka
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
  • 2 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. ruby red grapefruit juice
  • Fresh blueberries (optional)
  • Lime wedge

Directions -

  1. In a cocktail shaker, mix cranberry juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice and vodka; shake well
  2. Pour into a cocktail glass filled with ice
  3. Top with Sierra Mist Natural
  4. Squeeze in the juice of one lime wedge
  5. Garnish with fresh blueberries and lime

Note: For a mocktail variation, sub out the vodka for another of your favorite fruit juices. It taste particularly yummy with white grape juice!

The Giveaway

Sierra Mist Natural is gifting one reader with an entertaining package to make your next cocktail party especially festive! One winner will receive -

  • a cocktail shaker
  • an assortment of sugar garnishes
  • four martini glasses
  • a $50 Amex Gift Card to help you do your own entertaining

To enter, simply like both Sierra Mist and The Sweetest Occasion on facebook, and leave a comment below with your favorite cocktail or mocktail recipe! You can also share your favorite creations (and browse for more recipe ideas) on the Mixology tab at the Sierra Mist facebook page! The contest will remain open through Thursday, January 5th and a winner will be announced next Friday. Good luck!

{Photo by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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20 comments

Comments

I love me some mojitos! The really good ones, with LOTS of mint! so yum!!

Mary Happymommy

I like you both on FB. My favorite mocktail is the Shirley Temple. Here’s a cocktail recipe I like:

Holiday Sangria

5 tablespoons sugar
1 bottle red wine
5 ounces apple flavored liqueur
7 1/2 ounces orange flavored liqueur
1 cup orange juice
1 cup Sierra Mist
3 tablespoons lemon juice
12 seedless red grapes
4 medium red apples

Will have to use this! It looks so refreshing :)

Ilike The Sierra Mist on facebook!

Linda

I just had a ginger cocktail at a bar and was able to replicate it at home for a holiday mixer- yummy!
But my all time favorite mocktail is sierra mist and cranberry juice with a lime!

Rosalyn

My favorite mock/cocktails involve iced tea and fresh herbs or citrus!

These look delicious! For mocktails, I’m partial to Cran-Rasberry. (like this one http://quirkycharm.blogspot.com/2011/07/cran-raspberry-mocktail.html)

Shannon

I love Dirty Shirley’s!!

Vodka
Sprite
Grenadene
Cherries (i don’t like them, but they make it pretty.)

Favorite cocktail is a spiked blueberry lemonade:

1 cup sugar
1 cup lemon juice (I used bottled)
6 cups water
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Place all ingredients in a pitcher and stir till sugar dissolves. Muddle the blueberries a little using the back of a wooden spoon to release their juices and color. Taste and adjust sugar if needed. Serve chilled.

For spiked lemonade – add 1 to 2 cups of vodka (preferably citron flavor) to above recipe.

Ashley H.

Aruban Pop:

Ingredients
2 shots Curacao, blue
2 shots Vodka
2 splashes Margarita Mix
4 splashes Sprite
1 wedge Lime
Mixing Instructions
Pour margarita mix, vodka and curacao into a glass, transfer to shaker with ice and shake. Strain into glass. Add 4 splashes of Sprite and a lime wedge for garnish.

Jessie C.

Like you both on FB- Jessie C.
Here is mine.

Holiday Frozen Cranberry Margaritos
1 (10-oz.) can frozen mojito mix
3/4 cup tequila
1/4 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
1/4 cup Sierra Mist
2 tablespoons orange liqueur
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Ice

aubreylaine

I like you both on FB. I love malibu rum and sierra mist!
littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

(Also, I like you both on FB!)

love mint juleps!
Use 4-6 sprigs of fresh mint or a handful of spearmint to create an infused simple syrup.
Cool the simple syrup.
Use 2-3 TBSP simple syrup for every 8 oz. of Sierra Mist.
Put in a glass with LOTS of ice and garnish with a fresh mint leaf or sprig.
It’s SO refreshing!

shel

I like you both on Facebook: Michelle Hudak

My favorite recipe is Red Apple Sangria:

4 cups red wine — Sutter Home Cabernet Sauvignon
15 ounces Shakka apple Liqueur — apple Liqueur (I use 99 Apples for extra “pow”)
6 fluid ounces grenadine
18 fluid ounces cranberry juice — Ocean Spray
18 fluid ounces pineapple juice — Dole brand
lemon-lime soda — Sierra Mist or other

Garnish
red apples — cut into melon-ball size balls; as many as you want
oranges — cut into wedges; leave rhine in tact; as many as you want
limes — cut into wedges; leave rhine in tact; as many as you want
12 each maraschino cherries — more if desired

Fill 16-oz wine glasses with ice.

Add red wine, apple liqueur, grenadine, cranberry juice, pineapple juice to a large decorative pitcher. Top off each drink with Sierra Mist.

Mandy C

I like you both on FB. This is an adaptation from my favorite mojito recipe. The addition of cranberries makes it perfect for this time of year. The amount of sugar in the simple syrup has been significantly reduced since Sierra Mist Natural will be replacing the soda water.

Sierra Mist Natural Cranberry Mojito

8oz fresh cranberries
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup water
20 mint leaves
1 lime
4 oz light rum
4 oz Sierra Mist Natural

Put cranberries, sugar and water into a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Lower the heat to medium low, and cook for 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat when cranberries start bursting. Strain the cranberries out after the syrup has cooled. (If you didn’t want to make your own syrup, you could replace it with Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash.)

Put 10 mint leaves into a glass with the juice of half a lime and gently muddle. Fill each glass with ice, then add 2 oz each of the cranberry syrup and rum. Top with Sierra Mist Naturals and stir. Enjoy!

kristind

Before sitting beside the pool you mix 1 oz of each of the following:

Midori

Peach Schnapps

Sierra Mist

Orange Juice

Mix to your delight and serve over ice….Mmm….

Anne L

Love this cocktail recipe! Our wedding colors are purple and red and I just might have to steal this for our signature cocktail! I liked both Sweetest Occasion and Sierra Mist on FB, going to go browse for more signature cocktail ideas now :)

Veronica

I liked you both on FB.
My favorite cocktail is Bourbon Slush
1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 (12 ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 cups strong brewed black tea
2 cups bourbon whiskey
1 (2 liter) bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage

My favorite is a white wine sangria:

1 c Peaches
1 c Green Grapes
1 c White Grape Juice
2 c Pinot Grigo
Agave Nectar, to taste

Combine everything and enjoy!

chelsea alexander

was there ever a winner for this?

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