Beth’s Sunrise {mocktail}

Two of my favorite non-alcoholic drinks are seltzer and pineapple juice, so when my mom asked me to create a fun no-alcohol spritzer drink I immediately thought to pair the two together.

Seltzer is a great low calorie alternative to soda! I’ve completely stopped purchasing soda for our house ever since me and my husband switched over to drinking it. It has a crispness and bubbliness that satisfies the soda craving without all the sugar and salt. I actually find most sodas to be overly sugary now that I’ve gotten used to seltzer.

Beth's Sunrise {mocktail} via 2 Cats & A Coffee

Although pineapple juice is very sweet, I had an inkling that I would need a little something extra, so I decided a splash of simple syrup was the way to go. I don’t keep simple syrup – you may know it as grenadine – in my pantry, but it’s super easy to make your own with a 1:1 ratio of water to sugar, and the bonus is that I got to dye it hot pink instead of red (which was totally on purpose and absolutely not because I realized I only had neon food coloring when the sugar/water mixture was already boiling! ;).

This drink is a great non-alcoholic alternative for those choosing not to imbibe: very refreshing and super easy to make.

Beth's Sunrise {mocktail} via 2 Cats & A Coffee

I’m also excited about these amazing stemless wine glasses that my mother loaned to me from her Maine Wedding Artist studio. You may recognize her work – she is a sponsor this year for Real Maine Weddings, making her popular lobster buoy favors for the lucky couple who won this year’s wedding. You can check out her blog right here.

When I thought up this drink I knew I needed to use these glasses to showcase the beautiful yellows, oranges, and pinks that come from mixing the pineapple juice and simple syrup together. To me it looks like a sunrise through the trees – so, I decided to name it after my mom, Beth’s Sunrise. The birch trees are just one of many incredibly detailed Maine and nautical themed designs that she does. You can view all of her work – and get inspired to get your own hand painted glassware, ornament, or gift – on her Etsy Store:

Beth's Sunrise {mocktail} via 2 Cats & A Coffee

Beth’s Sunrise {mocktail}

makes 2 drinks

You’ll need:

12 fluid ounces Mandarin Orange seltzer, divided
6 fluid ounces Pineapple Juice, divided
Simple syrup, to taste – I recommend 2 tablespoons per drink

To make Simple Syrup
Combine equal parts white sugar and water in sauce pan. Bring to a boil while stirring to dissolve sugar. Add food coloring if desired. Let cool, refrigerate in tightly sealed container.

To make Beth’s Sunrise
Place ice in two glasses. Divide seltzer equally between two glasses; divide pineapple juice equally between glasses. Pour simple syrup, to taste, into glasses. Enjoy!

Beth's Sunrise {mocktail} via 2 Cats & A Coffee
Beth's Sunrise {mocktail} via 2 Cats & A Coffee Beth's Sunrise {mocktail} via 2 Cats & A Coffee

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