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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Cranberry Cutie Mocktail

This giveaway is now closed. But if you’re looking for a yummy mocktail, keep reading!

Time for my second Sierra Mist Natural mocktail post, just in time for New Year’s Eve!

As you know, my first post featured the Frost Bite Mocktail, a recipe I received from Sierra Mist Natural. This time around I was asked to come up with my own recipe using Sierra Mist Natural. So, I thought, and I thought, and I thought some more…and all of that thinking actually worked. I’m happy to introduce you to the Cranberry Cutie! Or, if you live on the East Coast, The Cranberry Clementine! But ‘Cutie’ is, well, cuter. 😉

Nothing quite says the holidays like cranberries and cuties, and I thought both of those flavors would be mighty delicious combined with a little lemon-lime. And I was right. Yum yum!

I’ll share my recipe for the Cranberry Cutie, but first a giveaway! One of you lucky people will win a Sierra Mist Natural holiday gift pack (shaker set, sugar garnishes, party glasses) and a $50 AMEX Gift Card! That’s right, $50 just for you to spend how you like…and a cute set to get you mixing up drinks to your heart’s content!

To enter the giveaway:

  • Share your favorite mocktail or cocktail drink in the comments…and the drink’s recipe if you have it!
  • For an additional entry, get those creative juices (and drinks!) flowing! Share your most creative Sierra Mist Natural mocktail or cocktail recipe on the Sierra Mist Facebook page.
  • Be sure to leave TWO separate comments on this post if you do both of the above to get your extra entry!

Comments must be posted by Midnight PT on Monday, January 2. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, January 3.

Good luck with the giveaway and I can’t wait to see all your creative cocktail and mocktail ideas!

The Cranberry Cutie Mocktail
From Jane Maynard, This Week for Dinner
Recipe type: Beverage
  • 3 ounces Sierra Mist Natural
  • 3 ounces Cranberry Juice
  • Juice from 1 cutie/clementine orange
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • Cutie slice and cranberry sugar for garnish
  1. In a shaker filled with ice, mix cranberry juice, cutie juice and lime juice. Add Sierra Mist Natural and stir. Strain into two martini glasses with edges that have been dipped in cranberry sugar (sugar optional). Garnish with a cutie slice.

Note: This post is part of a sponsored campaign that I am participating in. My opinions are my own and the drink I created is DARN GOOD.


  1. Brew a fruity rooibos tea at twice the strength of a normal cup of tea. Chill. 3 ounces of tea, 1 ounce of Sierra Mist Natural. Yum. And super easy!

  2. 2

    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

  3. 3

    I posted my recipe on the Sierra Mist FB page with my FB username Mary Happymommy–

  4. 4

    I love Sierra Mist & malibu!
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  5. Many thanks to you and Sierra Mist for offering such a fun and generous giveaway! This is not my recipe, but it is one of my favorites. Enjoy!

    1/2 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
    1/2 oz peach schnapps
    3/4 oz Captain Morgan Original spiced rum
    3 oz Sierra Mist soda
    3 oz Squirt citrus soda

    Pour the blue curacao, peach schynapps and Captain Morgan spiced rum into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, and strain into a highball glass. Add the Sierra Mist and Squirt (both chilled), stir lightly and serve.

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    June L

    I have never been good at drink mixing. The best I have done is adding vodka to orange juice or something Ha ha. You recipe looks good so maybe I will have to try that one.

  7. I love a mojito mocktail. Super tasty!

    1/2 c Sierra Mist
    Mint, muddled
    Lots of ice

  8. 8

    Moscow Mules!

    1/2 ounce lime juice
    2 ounces vodka
    4 to 6 ounces ginger beer

    Trade the ginger beer for some Sierra Mist. Yum!

  9. 9

    Also posted on Sierra Mist Facebook page with this recipe:

    Moscow Mules:

    1/2 ounce lime juice
    2 ounces vodka
    4 to 6 ounces ginger beer

    Trade the ginger beer for some Sierra Mist.

  10. 10

    oooh- my favorite cocktail/mocktail

    Cranberry juice
    vodka (lime or plain)
    splash of Sierra mist
    And I squeeze fresh lime juice if I use plain vodka
    -It’s all about what you have on hand! 🙂

  11. My little drink of choice right now is
    1/3 grape juice
    2/3 iced tea
    a splash of vodka
    drink with a straw!

  12. 12

    My favorite mocktail…ice in glass the size of your thirst (fill the glass). Roll a lime, cut in half, pierce fruit repeatedly with a fork (there’s a name for that but it escapes me at the moment). Squeeze lime over ice. I use a good-sized glass, use half a lime, and drop the lime half in it when squeezed. Pour gingerale over ice. Add a shot of grenadine. Enjoy! I had a bartender make this for me in Monterey once. He tasted it with a stir-er and asked me what it was called. Uhm…a refreshing, tasty drink?!

  13. 13

    Before sitting by the pool mix 1 oz of the following:

    Orange Juice
    Peach Schnapps
    and…Sierra Mist!

    Mix over ice and enjoy…Mmmmm….

  14. 14
    Sarah B

    Mmmmm, sounds yummy! My favorite drink is an old standby: gin and tonic. Just some good gin, a splash of tonic, and a twist of lime over ice. Delicious!

  15. 15
    Sarah B

    Just posted on Sierra Mist’s facebook page–change up the gin and tonic with Sierra Mist. So I guess it would be a Gin and Sierra 🙂

  16. 16

    I really love just mixing cranberry juice and sprite…I’m not sure if that counts, but I love doing it!

  17. 17
    Jessie C.

    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

  18. 19
    anna pry

    i’m not too creative, i just add whatever juice i have with some ginger ale or sprite

  19. I’ve never really made anything but I love cranberry sparkling cider. Does that count?!?

  20. 21


    crushed ice
    8 mint leaves
    3 oz lime juice
    1 ½ oz sugar syrup
    2 oz club soda

  21. 22

    I mixed tangerine juice and vodka for a twist on a classic. I’m sure this would work well with Sierra Mist instead of the vodka.

  22. 23
    Jess Green

    Sierra Mist with pomegranate and lime. Yum!

  23. 24

    A Brandy Old Fashioned Sweet!

  24. 25
    Gina M Maddox

    I love disaronno and cranberry – equal parts of each, on the rocks!!

    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

  25. 26
    Lindsay Davis

    My favorite holiday morning drink is a mimosa! Glass of champagne with a splash of orange juice! Yum! Champagne could be easily substituted for with sierra mist.

  26. 27
    Lynn BB

    Pomegranate martinis! The hostess made these for our Bunco Christmas party. She said she googled “Oprah’s favorite pomegranate martini” and got the recipe. It has a splash of seltzer water which I’m sure you can substitute with Sierra Mist!

  27. 28

    Lusty Rusty (from a nearby tavern): pink lemonaide w/raspberry schnapps. Yum!

  28. 29
    Ashley H.

    I love making strawberry margaritas.

  29. Sloe Gin Fizz is a great cocktail, but most bars don’t have Sloe Gin. Sounds like I need to take your lead and come up with a mocktail alternative!

  30. 31

    I love strawberry margaritas, too!

  31. 32

    What a pretty drink! My go-to drink has always been Malibu and Pineapple. Boring I suppose, but so delicious! Another favorite is Raspberry Vodka and any lemon/lime soda.

  32. 33

    I love a dirty martini, but I’ve never made one myself!

  33. 34

    I’m pretty boring, but I like strawberry or raspberry lemonade with some fruit in it!

  34. 35

    What a fun drink. I am boring-I like water:)

  35. 36
    Ashley Hatten

    My husband made these for a cocktail party we went to a few years back and I dug the recipe up…its more of a spring/summer cocktail but its still good 🙂

    Half ounce Bacardi Lemon rum
    Half ounce triple sec
    1 ounce lemonade
    1 ounce Sierra Mist
    Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass half-filled with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into a cocktail glass over crushed ice, and serve.

    your recipe looks amazing! Will be bookmarking it! thanks!!

  36. 37

    I’m not too creative but I like lemon-lime soda with orange juice.

  37. 38

    Really super easy-

    fill a glass with sierra mist.
    put some of your favorite cotton candy on top.

    dip the cotton candy in the drink, eat it, sip it, enjoy.

  38. 39

    I love the ol’ Shirley Temples!

    soluckyducky at gmail dot com

  39. 40


    Put in a blender:
    a handful of ice cubes,
    6 scoops Lime Sherbet
    3-4 shots Tequila
    Juice from one lime

    Then you blend until smooth and you garnish with a lime wedge.



  40. 41
    Naomi S.

    I’ve been mixing Sierra Mist and cran-raspberry juice for awhile now, but I never realized that it could be considered a mocktail. It’s pretty good, but I will have to try the cranberry cutie mocktail.

  41. 42

    We don’t drink alcohol and growing up we got bored of always having sparkling cider for every special occasion so my mom came up with “Mormon Champagne” – ginger ale mixed with orange juice, served in special glasses. I have no idea if she invented it or copied it from someone else but it was a nice change and we all loved it! Haha! Nowadays, I make it for my hubby and 3 boys and they are all fans as well. 🙂

  42. 43

    this looks sooo tasty! i will have to try. i love homemade margaritas on the rocks. typical recipe, but with a mix that is hfcs-free.

  43. I like sex on the beach
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  44. 45

    I love to mix grenadine and OJ- the pretty layered colors in the glass- though the pink of your recipe is quite nice!

  45. I’m not usually one for cocktails, but I do like Shirley Temples and “S*x on the Beach”. I will be trying this with my kiddos for New Years. Thanks!

  46. 47
    Daija H.

    We love fuzzy navel mocktails. We just use the frozen mix and add water and ice. Yum!

  47. 48

    Sweet tea vodka Arnold Palmer!
    2 large tea bags for iced tea
    1/2 cup boiling water
    8 fresh mint sprigs
    4 cups lemonade made from frozen concentrate
    1/2 cup vodka
    Ice cubes
    8 lemon slices

    Place tea bags in medium bowl. Add 1/2 cup boiling water. Let steep 4 minutes. Discard tea bags. Place mint sprigs in large pitcher; mash with muddler or handle of wooden spoon until slightly bruised. Pour in tea, lemonade, and vodka. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.
    Fill 8 highball glasses with ice. Divide sweet tea among glasses. Garnish with lemon slices.

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    Tina M

    Apple Fizzer Mocktail
    1/2 cup apple juice
    1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
    1 teaspoon cane sugar syrup
    sparking water (or Sprite)
    Shake apple juice, lemon juice, and sugar syrup over ice, using a cocktail shaker. Strain into glass. Fill rest of glass with sparkling water.

  49. I have always made a cranberry spritzer with moscato wine,but I will have to try your recipe above!

  50. We love Cuties in this house!! Our go-to “special drink” is a mixture of strawberry soda and orange juice. Fruity, bubbly, refreshing, pretty!

  51. 52

    my fav mocktail is” Apricot gingerini


    2 1/2 oz white grape juice
    3 oz apricot nectar
    1 oz ginger-infused simple syrup
    1/4 tsp ground clove


    Pour grape juice, apricot nectar, ginger-infused simple syrup [find a recipe for vanilla-ginger simple syrup here and skip the vanilla], and most of the ground clove into a mixing glass fill with ice.
    Shake vigorously, then strain into a martini glass.
    Garnish with the remaining ground clove atop the drink.

  52. 53

    I love a good ole Amaretto Sour in the winter, but recently I made a pomegranate sangria that was fabulous!

  53. 54

    Shirley Temples and Roy Rogers are classics. We always mix storebought eggnog with lemon-lime soda for a perfect New Year’s Eve bubbly treat!

  54. I love Chocotinis but it’s in my own best interest that I never learn how to make them! I do, however, make a mean Amaretto Stone Sour:

    Orange Juice
    Sweet & Sour Mix

    I’m sure it’s supposed to be a 3-1 ration on OJ to Amaretto (with a splash of Sweet & Sour Mix) but we never make them that way. More like 2-1 ratio or even 1-1. 🙂

  55. 56

    I like sangria but really only when someone makes it!

  56. 57
    Rose Marie

    My favorite cocktail is super simple.

    1 shot of rum
    Equal parts Sierra Mist and Pineapple Orange Banana juice to fill the glass (about a cup)


  57. 58

    This looks good. Might have to try it.

  58. 59

    1 can frozen lemonaide
    1 can frozen orange juice
    3 cans water
    1 liter 7up

    A great party drink!

  59. 60

    I think I just found the new years drink for my family this year. Thanks for your creation!

  60. 61

    A good ol’ pomegranate martini is the best! Don’t make them but I’ll drink them on a special occasion… like New Year’s Eve! Thanks for offering another giveaway!

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    Deanna G.

    I love Shirley Temples! 🙂

  62. 63

    I drink a Crystal Light and vodka drink. I know boring but I can’t have sugar and this hits the spot!

  63. 64

    My favorite recipe is Red Apple Sangria (a copycat recipe for the Applebee’s Red Apple Sangria drink):

    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

    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.

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    Mandy C

    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!

  65. 66

    vodka tonic is my fav!

  66. 67

    Kahlua Mudslide

    1/2 oz Smirnoff® vodka
    1/2 oz Bailey’s® Irish cream
    1/2 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
    1 oz cream

    Shake everything with ice. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice.

  67. 68

    I know it’s very basic but I love a Virgin Mary. Just Bloody Mary mix with a twist of lime. I shake a little hot pepper sauce in mine!

  68. 69
    Casey B.

    Virgin Miami Vice. YUM!!!

  69. 70

    I’m not too creative in the drink category, but my favorite mix (we’ll call it a mocktail for this) is cranberry juice and ginger ale with lots of ice. That’s my airplane drink, which I’m not sure how much the flight attendants love having to mix a drink a for me, but what can I say–gotta live it up!

  70. 71

    Here’s my family’s version of the Slippery Nipple:
    Equal parts Bailey’s Irish Cream and Butterscotch Schnapps. Add a splash of half ‘n half. Serve over ice.

  71. 72
    Amy G.

    My favorite cocktail is a “Dirty Shirley.” It’s just a Shirley Temple, but with vodka. Yummy

  72. 73

    How about iced up with lime, lemon AND a slice of orange in a mason jar…

  73. 74

    Sierra mist, pomegranate juice, and pineapple juice. Delicious!

  74. 75

    NO fair! I want to enter but I’m not into alcoholic drinks! I love virgin pina coladas though! Does that count?!?!?!

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  76. 77

    We made the Cranberry Cutie Mocktail for New Year’s. I love all the ingredients, however, the drink was a bit too tart for our liking.

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    jason webster

    Thank you for the great post. We are using this tonight as a lovely and flavorful mocktail so a friend who is expecting feels included at our New Year’s cocktail party.

    My wife’s family is from New Orleans and we love a Sazerac:

    ¼ ounce absinthe (plus a little extra: optional)
    2 ounces rye whiskey
    ¼ ounce simple syrup (careful not too sweet though)
    4 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
    Lemon peel (for garnish and to rub on the rim)

    Wipe lemon peel on inside of rim of glass for aroma. Pour absinthe into chilled rocks glass. Swirl to coat interior, then discard excess liquor.

    In mixing glass filled with ice, combine whiskey, simple syrup and bitters (and just a little absinthe if you really like that flavor – we do). Stir until well chilled, 30–40 seconds. Strain into absinthe-rinsed glass without ice (or maybe one extra large ice cube if you want it more freshing). Garnish with lemon twist.

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