Holiday Mocktails with Sierra Mist

Heather says:

Not everyone imbibes. I know, I know, this may come as a shock to some of you, but it’s true. Some people who abstain from alcohol do so for religious, health, or practical reasons. Hey, being the designated driver is very practical and here at Home-Ec 101 we encourage adults to act responsibly and taking your turn as DD is part of acting responsibly.

A good host or hostess will always provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.

Always.

Did you know that people who aren’t drinking alcohol also enjoy the occasional festive drink? Treat them right, no really. Don’t relegate them to plain old fruit juice or soda. They are the ones responsible for getting everyone home safely, show a little appreciation.

How?

Well for starters, here are two mocktail recipes from Sierra Mist Natural and there are plenty more recipes on Sierra Mist’s Fanpage or you can follow them on Twitter.

First up is the Meet Me at the Mist-letoe Martini -see what they did there? I had to make a quick substitution, I live in a somewhat small town and apparently raspberry juice is just too fancy for us. I thought cherry juice would make a fine substitution because I am far too lazy to juice raspberries for my guests, even if that means I’m a terrible hostess. However Sierra Mist Natural is much nicer than me, the soda is made with real sugar, no artificial ingredients, 100% natural flavoring and I’m sure the fine folks at Sierra Mist would happily juice raspberries for you.  Just ask.

My kids were thrilled to get to drink out of the “fancy” glasses when they sampled the mocktails. They felt six kinds of special.

Don’t worry, next week we’ll try out a couple of cocktails, just for fun.

Sierra Mist Natural made with real sugar, no artificial ingredients, 100% natural flavoring

 

: Mist-letoe Martini Mocktail

  • 2 oz Sierra Mist Natural
  • 1 1/2 oz Raspberry Juice (or cherry juice)
  • 3 Leaves fresh basil
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz blueberry juice

 Directions

  • In a glass, muddle two basil leaves and lime juice. (Unless you actually have pestle, just use a wooden spoon to mush the crud out of the leaves against the bottom of the glass. The point is to bruise the leaves so the basil flavor mixes into the lime juice)
  • Add the raspberry (or cherry) juice and blueberry juice to the shaker, shake well and strain into a martini glass.
  • Fill the glass with Sierra Mist Natural
  • Garnish with basil and blueberries, if desired.

Cooking time: 3 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 1

The second option is the Frost Bite.

 

: Frost Bite Mocktail

  • 3 oz Sierra Mist Natural
  • 1 oz of White Grape Juice
  • Fresh Blueberries
  • Fresh Mint
  • 1 oz pineapple juice

  • In a shaker filled with ice, mix fresh lime juice and pineapple juice.
  • Add white grape juice, mint, and blueberries
  • Shake all ingredients well and strain into a large glass filled with ice.
  • Top with Sierra Mist Natural and fresh blueberries.

Number of servings (yield): 1

In my house, the Mist-letoe Martini was preferred four to zero by the underage set. In all honesty, I believe it all was in the delivery mechanism. I think they just wanted the opportunity to use the fancy martini glasses. Personally, I liked the flavor of the Frost Bite, but I bet I’d be much more interested in the Mist-letoe Martini with mint instead of basil. (Did I ever tell you about the basil ice cream fiasco from when I was in LA last month? Let’s just say it left a bad, bad taste in my mouth)

So tell me, Home-Eccers are you into Frost Bite or Mist-letoe based on these recipes?

This is a sponsored campaign, I was compensated for my time and the ingredients. All opinions are my own (except for the idea that non-alcoholic drinks taste better out of martini glasses, that was all the kids).



11 Comments

  1. PinkGranny on December 15, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    They sound yummy! I think the kids will get a bang out of these on Christmas Eve. I happen to have some Sierra Mist I bought for the occasion so now it will be even more festive!

  2. TammyMorrow on December 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks for the recipes! I’m pregnant this Christmas, so I will definitely be celebrating with these delicious looking mock tails!! 🙂

  3. bookchick on December 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I always have a couple bottles of Martinelli’s Sparklin Cider on hand. We used it growing up in lieu of champagne for New Years. You can put it in a flute and no one can tell it’s not champagne – just might want to make sure you ahve one of those wine glass thingy’s so the alcoholic and non-alcoholic glasses don’t get mixed up.

  4. EricaMueller on December 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I love that these are made with the Natural Sierra Mist! I’m allergic to corn, so most sodas are a no-no, but I can have Sierra Mist! Also, the one with pineapple juice? Must make!

  5. Christine on December 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    YUM!!! These look delish. I’ll be trying these this evening.

    • HeatherSolos on December 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      Do you have raspberry juice in your fancy town? 😉

  6. ariannesegerman on December 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I have a non-drinker hubs and you make such a great point that the nondrinkers deserve festive beverages too! I think the Frost Bite sounds delish.

  7. Linda_Sellers on December 15, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    These look wonderful. I can’t wait to try them.

    • HeatherSolos on December 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      @Linda_Sellers You take awesome pics, I’d love to see yours.

  8. warpedweaving on December 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for these recipes!! I have a family gathering next week and half the folks drink and the other half would think we drinkers are heathens…I might slip some alcohol into my drink. It will make the gathering SO much more enjoyable 🙂

    • HeatherSolos on December 15, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      @warpedweaving You are quite welcome and go check out the fanpage, they’ve got plenty of recipes both the cocktail and mocktail varieties. I’ll be doing a couple more next week, too.

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