Last week we covered a couple of mocktail recipes made with Sierra Mist to serve to those who abstain from alcohol. This week I’m sharing two cocktail recipes that also use Sierra Mist Natural, which is made with real sugar, no artificial ingredients, 100% natural flavoring. Those things make total sense with mocktails, but if you’re actually drinking alcohol, we’re choosing Sierra Mist based on the flavor or we risk looking silly to the friends who will enjoy pointing out, “Heather, alcohol is a poison, why do you care about HFCS” and we never want to look silly to those people, right? (Additionally, Sierra Mist Natural is also a great choice for people like my friend who can’t have corn).
Psst! Keep reading after the recipes, I have details about a giveaway.
Now that we’re all on the same page -and by that I mean Sierra Mists’ Fanpage over on Facebook, where you’ll find lots more holiday cocktail and mocktail recipes- today I’m sharing a recipe for a berry mint martini and a cran-raspberry martini, both loosely based on the classic cosmopolitan.
I served both cocktails in sugar rimmed martini glasses, this step looks very fancy, but is actually quite simple. If you have a wedge of lime or lemon, simply run it around the rim of your glass and then carefully dip the glass in sugar. If all you have is bottled lemon or lime juice -don’t look at me, I’m not judging- this also works. Just dampen a paper towel with the juice and roll the rim of the glass on that before dipping in the sugar. Too much juice on the rim will cause the sugar to drip into the drink, ruining the effect, but not the flavor.
To make the drinks extra special for a party, float a couple of berries and a mint leaf in glass.
I thoroughly enjoyed both of these cocktails as neither were over-the-top fruity or strong. My usual cocktail of choice is a salty dog (grapefruit juice and vodka in a salt rimmed glass). If you prefer your drinks fruitier experiment with more fruit juice and less Sierra Mist, but don’t leave the soda out entirely as it adds a touch of sparkle which is quite nice.
: Cran-Raspberry Mist Martini
- 2 oz Cran-Raspberry Juice Cocktail
- 1.5 oz Raspberry Flavored Vodka (Regular vodka works fine)
- 2 oz Sierra Mist Natural
- handful of raspberries
- In a shaker filled with ice, vigorously shake together the cran-raspberry juice cocktail, vodka, and raspberries.
- Shake the heck out of them. Since the raspberries are so delicate, they will squash and become part of your drink.
- Carefully pour into a sugar rimmed martini glass and top with the Sierra Mist Natural and a couple of raspberries.
Number of servings (yield): 1
: Berry Mint Martini
- 1/2 oz lime juice (fresh squeezed if you’re an over-achiever)
- 3 – 4 mint leaves
- 1.5 oz blueberry juice
- 1.5 oz raspberry vodka (or regular)
- 2 oz (estimation) Sierra Mist Natural
- In a glass or bowl muddle (crush) the mint leaves in the lime juice.
- Add the lime juice and muddled mint to a shaker full of ice, add the blueberry juice, and vodka to the shaker.
- Strain into a sugar rimmed martini glass and add Sierra Mist Natural until full.
Number of servings (yield): 1
Now it’s your turn!
Share, in the comments, your most creative cocktail or mocktail using Sierra Mist Natural. One winner will receive a Sierra Mist Natural holiday gift pack (shaker, drink garnish/sugars, party glasses & a $50 Amex Gift Card) to help them do their own holiday entertaining.
Keep in mind this is limited to the US and to adults 21 and older, no purchase necessary.
The comment section will be closed at 9pm Eastern December 30th, 2011. (Holy cow, 2012 is almost here). The winner will be selected based on the creativity / appeal of the recipe. This winner will be chosen on my discretion and perhaps with the opinion of one or two other trusted friends (Amy, I’m looking at you, you can’t enter but I’ll buy you a drink in February to make up for it). The winner will be announced on New Year’s Eve.
Good luck and have fun. . . responsibly.
This is a sponsored campaign, I was compensated for my time and the ingredients. All opinions are my own.