Holiday Cocktails with Sierra Mist (and a Giveaway)

Heather says:

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

 Instructions:

  • 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

 Instructions

  • 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.
  • Shake.
  • 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.

Sierra Mist would also love it if you’d also share your recipe on the Sierra Mixology Tab on Facebook, they’d love to see how you enjoy mixing up their beverage.

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.



18 Comments

  1. ElenaIstomina on December 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Summer Twist:

    Bacardi Limon

    Lemon

    Lime

    Sierra Mist

  2. anashct on December 29, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I would like virgin pina coolada with sierra mist! I dont drink! Thanks for a super giveaway!

    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  3. kristind on December 27, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    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….

  4. Kristen on December 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    1/2 oz. Southern Comfort

    1/2 oz. Midori (more Midori drinks)

    1/2 oz. Peach

    Sierra Mist

    Pineapple Juice

    Cola

  5. cnuland on December 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Mango Refresher

    1.5 oz Rose’s Mango Twist Mix – or any other flavored martini mix

    2 oz lemonade

    8 oz Sierra Mist Natural

    Stir to mix. Add ice cubes, if desired.

    Serves 1.

  6. Ashley on December 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Aruban Pop:

    Ingredients:

    2 shots Curacao, blue

    2 shots Vodka

    2 splashes Margarita Mi

    x4 splashes Sierra Mist

    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.

  7. TinaMcDowell on December 27, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Apple fizz

    2 oz Apple Brandy1/2 tsp

    Lime Juice4 oz

    Apple Juice

    1 oz Soda Water

    merleandtina@yahoo.com

  8. carostad on December 27, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Fuzzy Mistmosa (a twist on a fuzzy mimosa)

    3 oz Orange Juice

    1 oz peach juice

    4 oz Sierra Mist

    Pour over crushed ice and shake well. A small amount of cranberry juice floated on top makes this extra special. Serve with a straw in a tall glass.

  9. aubreylaine on December 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    1 part(s) DeKuyper Pucker Island Blue Schnapps , 1 part(s) Malibu Rum, 1 part(s) Creme de Banana & Sierra Mist

    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  10. deneicer1 on December 26, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Holiday Appletinis

    2 oz Sierra Mist Natural

    2 oz Grey Goose Vodka

    2 oz Sour Apple Mix or Apple Pucker

    Splash Of Peach Schnaaps

    Garnish with Cherries

    Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake. Pour drinks into chilled martini glasses.

    For Caramel Apple-tinis

    Garnish glass with a swirl of Caramel Sauce.

    • deneicer1 on December 26, 2011 at 12:17 am

      This makes two martini glasses full….and a little bit extra 😉

    • HeatherSolos on January 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      @deneicer1 yours is the winning recipe, can you shoot me your mailing address? heather@home-ec101.com. Thanks!

      • deneicer1 on January 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm

        @HeatherSolos My Hubby is in shock! LOL ~

  11. PurpleLarkspur on December 25, 2011 at 11:19 am

    How about a Brazilian Sierra?

    1 oz Cachaça

    6 oz Sierra Mist

    Lots of Fresh Lime

    You could also throw in some pom or cranberry juice for some color.

    Happy Holidays!!

    larkspurpurple (at) gmail.com

  12. Tabathia B on December 25, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Bahama Blush

    8 oz sierra mist cranberry6 oz dole orange peach mango juice2 tsp lime juice2 tsp vodkamix all together and serve over ice

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  13. Schmidty on December 24, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Holiday Punch

    8 cups Sierra Mist

    2 cups orange juice

    8 cups ginger ale

    4 cups pomegranate juice

    One jar maraschino cherries

    Sliced oranges, limes, and lemons

  14. tcarolinep on December 24, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    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

  15. mami2jcn on December 24, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    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

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