Monday, December 12, 2011

Sponsored post: a fun brunch and Sierra Mist Natural cocktails/mocktails

Yesterday Erik and I had friends Deanna and Nick over for brunch.  I thought it would be the perfect time to test some Sierra Mist cocktails/mocktails.  Sierra Mist is partnering with food/party bloggers in December to promote cocktail/mocktail recipes that are perfect for holiday entertaining (or anytime really).

To be honest, Sierra Mist never really came to mind when I was thinking of mocktails during this pregnancy.  And after a while, I have become really tired of ginger ale and cranberry juice.  Now I have a couple delicious go-to recipes for mocktails, which is great because I still have about three months to go before the baby is here.  And because of this post, I realized I actually really like Sierra Mist.  It's caffeine free, (I'm avoiding caffeine for the most part this pregnancy), is made with real sugar, no artificial ingredients and has 100% natural flavoring.

Pictured above is a cocktail and mocktail called Frost Bite. More on the drinks below.
I made an easy, delicious raspberry coffee cake for brunch.  Also on the menu; french toast muffins (from Whole Foods), bacon, scrambled cheesy eggs, fresh fruit and roasted potatoes. 

Fresh berries, yum.
You would think one sweet item is enough for brunch right?  Wrong...I want as many sweets as often as I can get my hands on them!
Medium-sized mason jars with cinnamon sticks make an easy, seasonal-appropriate centerpiece.  And it smells amazing.
This cocktail and mocktail is called Meet Me At The Mist-letoe.
I LOVED the mocktails.  They are perfect brunch drinks; bubbly, fruity and delicious (but not too sweet).  And best of all, they are so pretty.  I felt like I was having a champagne cocktail and not missing out on anything.   

My favorite of the two was the Meet Me At The Mist-letoe.  I think it was the most festive of the two and just looks like the holidays. 

Erik, Nick and Deanna tried the other two cocktails.  Meet Me At The Mist-letoe was their favorite as well.  I think the Frost Bite cocktail may have been a bit much for a brunch cocktail but would be great for a cocktail party or later in the evening drink. 

Don't miss the great recipes below (note a couple modifications I made) and check out Sierra Mist on Facebook and "like" their page!

Which Sierra Mist Natural cocktail/mocktail would you like to try? And if you're pregnant like me, or just not a big drinker....you must try these mocktail recipes, they are awesome!  Stay tuned for a great giveaway from Sierra Mist next week as well as my own personal cocktail/mocktail creations that I'll be sharing!

Frost Bite (Cocktail)

Ingredients:

• 3 oz. Sierra Mist Natural
• 1 oz. Blue Curacao
• 1 oz. Coconut Vodka
• Fresh mint
• 1 oz. Pineapple juice
• Fresh blueberries (optional)

Directions:

1. In a shaker filled with ice, mix coconut vodka and pineapple juice
2. Add blue curacao, fresh mint and blueberries (optional)
3. Shake all ingredients well and strain into a large glass filled with ice
4. Top with Sierra Mist Natural
5. Garnish with fresh blueberries for a holiday twist (optional)

Modifications, I am not a huge fan of coconut so I used regular vodka.  I also used only a splash of blue curacoa, instead of 1 oz.

Frost Bite (Mocktail)

Ingredients:

• 3 oz. Sierra Mist Natural
• 2 oz. of White grape juice
• Fresh blueberries
• Fresh mint
• 1 oz. Pineapple juice

Directions:

1. In a shaker filled with ice, mix fresh lime juice and pineapple juice
2. Add white grape juice, mint and blueberries
3. Shake all ingredients well and strain into a large glass filled with ice
4. Top with Sierra Mist Natural
5. Garnish with fresh blueberries for a holiday twist (optional)

Meet Me At The Mist-letoe...Martini (Cocktail)

Ingredients:

• 2 oz. Sierra Mist Natural
• 1 ½ oz. Raspberry Vodka
• 3 Leaves fresh basil
• ½ oz. Fresh lime juice
• 1 oz. Blueberry juice

Directions:

1. In a glass, muddle two basil leaves and lime juice, then add to shaker
filled with ice
2. Add raspberry vodka and blueberry juice to the shaker; shake well and
strain into a martini glass
3. Top with Sierra Mist Natural
4. Garnish with a basil leaf for decoration (optional)

Modifications, instead of using raspberry vodka, I used regular.  I added 4 raspberries to the basil and lime juice and muddled them altogether for fresh raspberry juice/puree.  Yum.

Meet Me At The Mist-letoe...Martini (Mocktail)

Ingredients:

• 2 oz. Sierra Mist Natural
• 1 ½ oz. Raspberry juice
• 3 Leaves fresh basil
• ½ oz. Fresh lime juice
• 1 oz. Blueberry juice

Directions:

1. In a glass, muddle two basil leaves and lime juice, then add to a shaker
filled with ice
2. Add raspberry and blueberry juice to the shaker; shake well and strain
into a martini glass
3. Top with Sierra Mist Natural
4. Garnish with a basil leaf for decoration (optional)

Modifications, instead of using raspberry juice I added 4 raspberries to the basil and lime juice and muddled them altogether for fresh raspberry juice/puree. Yum.

Disclaimer: I have partnered with Sierra Mist for this sponsored post.  They provided me with recipes as well as compensation.  The photos and opinions are my own. 

4 comments:

  1. Looks like a fun brunch! Both recipes (mocktail and cocktail) for Meet Me At The Mist-letoe Martini sound delicious. Perfect for the holidays!

    Katie

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  2. What a fun and yummy breakfast!

    Libby

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  3. Glad you found a mocktail that you really liked! I'm sure it will come in handy between now and March.

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  4. Looks like a fun brunch, everything looks delicious!

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